The floor debate transcripts of Senator Ernie Chambers

105th Legislature, Second Session 2018

The floor debate transcripts of Senator Ernie Chamber

105th Legislature, Second Session 2018

Ernie Chambers

On the Record


three volumes • 1,200 pages • available as a spiral-bound paperback and downloadable PDF

Whether you are a student of the legislative process or a fan of Senator Chambers, On the Record provides exceptional insight into the workings of the Nebraska Legislature as well as Senator Chambers’ oratory and conduct in the chamber.

It is January 1971, and in the ornate legislative chamber of the Nebraska State Capital, a lone black barber is being sworn in as the state senator of Legislative District 11, representing the people of North Omaha. Senator Chambers was a well-known African American activist before his election. After his election, he became the most well-known Nebraska elected official. The self-described “Defender of the Downtrodden” was repeatedly reelected by the residents of Legislative District 11, making him the longest-serving state senator in the nation’s only nonpartisan, one-house Legislature, known as the Nebraska Unicameral. His eloquent oratory, empowered by his words and ideas, is grounded in biblical stories, constitutional law, legislative rules, and racism in America.

On the Record is compiled from all of the floor speeches Senator Chambers delivered during the 105th Legislature, Second Session, a 60-day session.

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