Senator Lathrop will not seek re-election to the Legislative Assembly | Regional government

Senator Steve Lathrop of Omaha, the Legislature’s leading advocate for prison and criminal justice reform, has decided not to run again this year.

As the deadline for incumbents nears Tuesday, Lathrop said Monday he would not be running for another four-year term.

Steve Lathrop

“I’ve been doing this for 12 years and there are other things I want to do now and other ways to spend my time,” Lathrop said during a brief conversation in his state capitol office.

“It’s been a great privilege to be here,” he said.

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Lathrop was first elected to the Legislative Assembly in 2006, serving two terms before being removed from his time-limited position. After serving four years as required by the two-term limit, he elected to return to the Legislative Assembly and was elected in 2018.

As chairman of the Legislative Judiciary Committee, Lathrop led efforts to improve Nebraska’s criminal justice system, reform sentencing by discouraging the use of mandatory minimum sentences, reduce the prison population of the state and reduce recidivism rates.

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