Nebraska Dems may get a Senate candidate: Lawyer David Domina weighs a bid -
Published Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 1:00 am / Updated at 3:09 pm
Nebraska Dems may get a Senate candidate: Lawyer David Domina weighs a bid

Nebraska Democrats may have reason to rejoice: Omaha attorney David Domina is considering a run for U.S. Senate.

Domina, who is one of the state's most prominent trial attorneys, said Wednesday that he is giving “serious consideration” to running for the seat currently occupied by Republican U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns.

Johanns announced earlier this year he would not seek a second term.

Domina would be the first Democrat to enter the race; four Republicans and an independent candidate already are running.

Domina indicated that if he runs, he would run as the candidate who would go to Congress and seek common ground with others.

“Progress is made with consensus. It doesn't require being right, it requires consensus. Consensus is built with reason. I try to be reasonable, and I think that would be a good attribute for Nebraska's next U.S. Senator,” said Domina, 62.

Domina said he hoped to make a decision by mid-November.

Domina has participated in some of the state's most high-profile trials. Most recently, he represented landowners who were opposed to the controversial Keystone XL pipeline running across their land.

In 2006, he was appointed by the Nebraska Legislature to serve as the special prosecutor in the impeachment proceedings against former University of Nebraska Board of Regent David Hergert.

This would not be his first run for statewide office, but it would be the first time he has sought elective office in more than two decades.

In 1986, Domina ran for governor. He lost the Democratic nomination to former Lincoln Mayor Helen Boosalis.

Democrats have been searching for months for a Senate candidate.

Four Republicans are in the field: Midland University President Ben Sasse, Omaha banker Sid Dinsdale, Omaha attorney Bart McLeay and former State Treasurer Shane Osborn.

In addition, Callaway rancher Jim Jenkins officially entered the race last week as an independent. Jenkins is a former Democrat who removed the “D” behind his name two years ago.

Contact the writer: Robynn Tysver    |   402-444-1309    |  

Robynn is's elections writer. She's covered presidential politics in Iowa's caucuses, and gubernatorial and Senate races in Nebraska.

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