Joni Albrecht

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Joni Albrecht
Member of the Nebraska Legislature
from the 17th district
Assumed office
January 4, 2017 (2017-01-04)
Preceded byDave Bloomfield
Personal details
Born
Joni Jones

(1958-07-28) July 28, 1958 (age 63)
Omaha, Nebraska, US
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)
Michael Albrecht
(m. 2010)
Children6
OccupationFarmer

Joni Albrecht (née Jones; born July 28, 1958) is an American politician who has served in the Nebraska Legislature from the 17th district since 2017.[1][2] She previously served on the Papillion City Council and Sarpy County Board of Commissioners.

Political positions[edit]

Abortion[edit]

Albrecht opposes abortion, and has introduced several bills to restrict it in the state of Nebraska.[3]

In 2017, Albrecht told the Lincoln Journal Star that she was "shocked" by the number of abortions in the state of Nebraska, commenting that "[w]e need to start talking about things differently and not thinking that it's just so easy to just take a life."[3] On the subject of heartbeat bills being passed in numerous states in 2017, Albrecht commented that that she was excited, "but I hope that we're all mindful of what's right for the woman."

In 2021, Albrecht introduced a resolution in the Nebraska Legislature recognizing Julie Schmit-Albin, the daughter of Nebraska Senator Loran Schmit. Among other things, the resolution praised Schmit-Albin for having "successfully shepherded numerous significant pro-life bills through the process to be signed into law by Nebraska governors". The resolution also praised Schmit-Albin as "never one to let a public official waffle on pro-life legislation", and recognized her as the director for the Nebraska Right to Life organization for thirty years, starting in 1989; the resolution also cites the Lincoln Journal Star, which wrote "Check with Schmit-Albin if you want to win" of her political influence.[4] The resolution was adopted by the Nebraska Legislature.[5]

LGBTQ people[edit]

In 2021, the Nebraska Department of Education proposed new state health education standards that would include lessons for kindergarteners about family structures, including families with same-gender parents. The standards would also teach first-graders about gender identity and gender stereotypes, and teach sixth-graders about sexual orientation. Albrecht was part of a group of 30 state legislators that signed a letter urging the Nebraska Department of Education not to adopt the standards.[6][7] The standards would have been optional if approved.[7]

Electoral history[edit]

Albrecht served on the Papillion City Council from 1998 to 2005 and the Sarpy County Board of Commissioners from 2006 to 2010.[1][8]

Nebraska's 17th district state legislature election, 2020[9][10]
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Independent Joni Albrecht 3,963 72.7%
Independent Sheryl Lindau 1,489 27.3%
Total votes 5,452 100.0
General election
Independent Joni Albrecht 8,310 68.0%
Independent Sheryl Lindau 3,907 32.0%
Total votes 12,217 100.0

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Duggan, Joe (November 17, 2015). "Five years after leaving politics, former Sarpy official seeks Legislature seat". Omaha World-Herald. Retrieved December 16, 2018.
  2. ^ Hayworth, Bret (January 4, 2017). "Albrecht begins first term as Nebraska senator". Sioux City Journal. Retrieved December 16, 2018.
  3. ^ a b Young, JoAnne (May 20, 2019). "Nebraska could be headed toward more restrictive abortion law". Lincoln Journal Star.
  4. ^ "Legislative Resolution 30" (PDF). Nebraska Legislature. Retrieved August 9, 2021.
  5. ^ "LR30 - Recognize Julie Schmit-Albin for her advocacy on behalf of the unborn". Nebraska Legislature. Retrieved August 9, 2021.
  6. ^ "47 Nebraska school districts object to sex ed standards". AP News. July 25, 2021. Retrieved August 8, 2021.
  7. ^ a b Dejka, Joe (July 25, 2021). "47 Nebraska school boards object to sex ed topics in proposed health standards". Omaha World-Herald. Retrieved September 13, 2021.
  8. ^ "Biography – Sen. Joni Albrecht". Nebraska Legislature. Nebraska Legislature. Retrieved April 8, 2021.
  9. ^ "Official Results of Nebraska Primary Election May 12, 2020" (PDF). Government of Nebraska. May 12, 2020. Retrieved August 7, 2021.
  10. ^ "Official Results of Nebraska General Election November 3, 2020" (PDF). Government of Nebraska. November 3, 2020. Retrieved August 7, 2021.