Sue Crawford was elected to the Nebraska State Senate to represent Legislative District 45 in 2012. Her district encompasses eastern Sarpy County, including Bellevue and Offutt. Sue chairs the Urban Affairs Committee and serves on the Business and Labor Committee and the Health and Human Services Committee. She also represents Nebraska on several regional and national committees: the Council of State Governments’ Committee on Shared State Legislation and the Midwest Higher Education Compact.
As Senator, Sue has focused on providing a stronger voice to Nebraskans—especially those who need it most, like children, hard working families, veterans, and small business owners. A problem solver, she has created and supported practical solutions to provide people with new services and opportunities while still controlling spending. In her first four years as Senator, Sue introduced over twenty bills that passed, and yet only two required additional State General Fund spending.
Sue and her husband of twenty-six years have been Olde Towne Bellevue residents for two decades. They have two sons—Nate, a graduate of Bellevue Public Schools, and Phil, a Bellevue East student. Sue is a Professor of Political Science at Creighton University and also teaches in the university’s Health Administration and Policy program. She holds faculty positions in the Rabbi Myer and Dorothy Kripke Center for the Study of Religion and Society and the Center for Health Services Research and Patient Safety, both at Creighton University. Sue’s teaching and research at Creighton have focused on public policy and civic engagement, and she continues her work at Creighton as she serves in the Unicameral.
Sue volunteers in Bellevue with school, church, and Green Bellevue projects and serves on the boards of the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce, the Eastern Nebraska Community Action Partnership, and the Charles Drew Health Center.