Schimek, former senator and superdelegate, sees convention tension as good


DiAnna Schimek went from a small town in Nebraska to a women’s college in Colorado to the Nebraska Legislature to being a Democratic Party superdelegate.

Schimek was a superdelegate during the 1980, ’84 and ’88 elections. Her first time at the Democratic National Convention was in 1976 when she became a new member of the Democratic National Committee, when Jimmy Carter was elected.

“Yes, I was a big fan,” Schimek said with a smile on her face. In 1974 she met Jimmy Carter at a National Democratic Committee Charter Convention. She felt he was honest, intelligent and easy to relate to.
DiAnna Schimek

In 1980, Nebraska’s delegates for the national convention were elected during the primary election. There were eight people in the first congressional district, eight in the second district and only seven in the third. The first and second districts were very involved in the primaries and in politics all together. The seven people in the third district didn’t even want to be on the ballot, but they were the seven that won.

Schimek found it very odd that nobody in the third district wanted to be on the ballot because in was an agricultural district, and Jimmy Carter came from an agricultural background in Georgia.

Her first year as a superdelegate, in 1980, Jimmy Carter was defeated by Ronald Reagan. Schimek wasn’t excited about Reagan being elected, but she had great respect for him.

“He managed to work on both sides, he listened to everyone, and we need that so much today,” she said. “He[Reagan] connected with people like Bill Clinton did.”


She spoke highly of the Democratic National Convention of 2016, but found it a little tedious.

“Sometimes conventions can be too cut and dry, it’s good to have a little excitement and a little tension — it’s always healthy,” she said.

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