Congress, District 2

Lee Terry vs. John Ewing, Jr.

Democrat John Ewing is running against Republican incumbent Lee Terry to represent Nebraska’s second district.

Lee Terry, Republican (Incumbent)

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Family and religious background

  • Terry is Methodist.  He and his wife, Robyn, have three sons.


  • Juris Doctorate — Creighton University School of Law
  • Bachelor’s — University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Omaha Northwest High School


Lee Terry first assumed office in 1999, filling the position vacated by Jon Christensen.  Since 1999, Terry has aimed to “advance Nebraskans’ interests” through his terms in Congress.  In the 112th Congress, Terry served on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, as well as served as the Vice Chairman of the Subcommittee of Communications and Technology.

According to his website, Terry is a strong advocate for making our country energy independent by utilizing our resources.  Terry also supports cutting government spending.

Prior to his appointment to Congress, the Omaha native worked as an attorney at his own private practice.  Terry also was a member of the Omaha City Council, serving as President for two years.

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John Ewing , Jr. – Democrat

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Family and religious background

  • Ewing is Baptist. He is married to Viv.


  • Master’s, Urban Studies; University of Nebraska-Omaha
  • B.S., Business Administration; University of Nebraska-Omaha
  • B.S., Criminal Justice; University of Nebraska-Omaha


John Ewing is running against incumbent Lee Terry for the District 2 congressional seat.  Ewing has served as the Douglas County Treasurer since January of 2007, and was the first African-American to hold that position.  With Ewing serving as Treasurer, the Douglas County Treasurer’s Office was awarded the Achievement Award for their work with the reorganization of the Treasurer’s Office.

Ewing opposes turning Medicare into a voucher system, and supports ending overpayment to health insurance executives through Medicare.  Ewing would like to help Nebraska local school districts gain access to federal funding.

Prior to his selection as Douglas County Treasurer, Ewing, an Omaha native, was a former police officer for the Omaha Police Department, where he served as Deputy Chief of Police.  Also, Ewing is an Associate Minister at the Salem Baptist Church in Omaha.

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The Wall Street Journal biographies on both candidates

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Race grows tighter for Nebraska’s 2nd District

Omaha World-Herald reports: The election may go down to the wire as John Ewing gains momentum right before Election Day.  Get details:

Lee Terry, John Ewing compete in final debate

Omaha World-Herald reports: Terry, Ewing stage final debate, chock-full of personal digs. Get details:

John Ewing earns Omaha World-Herald endorsement

Omaha World-Herald reports: Ewing gains an important endorsement from the Omaha World-Herald.  Read the editorial:

Facts are checked from debate between candidates

Omaha World-Herald reports: It seemed the facts were wavering during the final debate between John Ewing and Lee Terry.  Get the real facts:

Second debate staged between 2nd District candidates

KVNO reports: John Ewing and Lee Terry battle over advertisements, legislation. Get details:

Lee Terry’s debate comments fact-checked

Nebraska Watchdog reports: Some comments made by Terry in the first debate against John Ewing do not add up.  Get details:

Voters hear issues straight from candidates in first debate

KPTM reports: First debate shows voters different views of candidates. Get details:

Lee Terry’s new ad may contain inaccurate information

Omaha World-Herald reports: A new Terry advertisement attacking opponent John Ewing may contain false information given to the Terry campaign by a county board member.  Get details:

Attack advertisement to discontinue

Nebraska Watchdog reports: Lee Terry’s attack ad against opponent John Ewing is replaced. Get details:

Compiled by Shelby Wade


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