JEAN STOTHERT FOR OMAHA
Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert was elected the 51st mayor of Omaha in May 2013, becoming the first woman to be elected to the office.
Mayor Stothert has worked hard to implement an effective agenda of improving public safety, better managing city finances, and making city government more efficient and user friendly.
She has succeeded in those goals. In her term, Mayor Stothert has reduced the property tax rate, the first cut in 14 years. She followed up with a second property tax reduction in 2016.
Meanwhile, her budgets have resulted in the hiring of dozens of new police officers and improved city services. The city continues to grow through annexation.
Stothert grew up in the St. Louis area and graduated from Seattle Pacific University with a B.A. in Nursing. She worked as a critical care nurse and later as head nurse and department head of cardiovascular surgery at St. Louis University, where she met her husband, Joe Stothert, M.D.
In 1993, the Stothert family moved to Omaha from Galveston, Texas, when Dr. Stothert accepted a new position at Creighton University.
Mayor Stothert began her community involvement as a volunteer in her children’s school. After a time, she was appointed to and then elected to the Millard Board of Education. She served 11 years, including three as President. In 2009, she was elected to the Omaha City Council, representing District 5 in southwest Omaha.
Jean and her husband, Joe, have been married 33 years. Joe currently works as a trauma surgeon at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and its clinical partner, Nebraska Medicine. They have two grown children, Elizabeth and Andrew.
Elizabeth is a graduate of Creighton University and earned an MBA from Bellevue University. She and her husband Tom live in Washington, D.C. Andrew received his Ph.D. from the University of South Florida. He currently is a Science Policy Fellow at the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Andrew and Alana were married earlier this year.