John Harms (Nebraska politician)

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John Harms
Member of the Nebraska Legislature
from the 48th district
In office
Preceded byAdrian Smith
Succeeded byJohn Stinner
Personal details
Born (1940-02-17) February 17, 1940 (age 79)
Bayard, Nebraska
Political partynon-partisan
ResidenceScottsbluff, Nebraska
Alma materChadron State College

John N. Harms (born February 17, 1940) is a politician from the U.S. state of Nebraska. He served two terms in the Nebraska Legislature from 2007 to 2015. Harms is a former president of Western Nebraska Community College.

Harms graduated from Morrill High School in 1958. He earned a bachelor's degree and a master of science degree in secondary education from Chadron State College and an Ed.D. in higher educational administration from Montana State University. He began his professional career as a high school teacher in Gering, Nebraska and served in a variety of educational positions culminating with the presidency of Western Nebraska Community College, a position he attained in 1976.

In 2006, Harms retired from the college to run for the state legislature. He defeated Gering dentist George Schlothauer, winning 58% of the vote to Schlothauer's 42%.[1][2]

Harms ran unopposed for re-election to his legislative seat in 2010.[3]

Due to Nebraska's term-limits law, Harms was ineligible to run for a third consecutive term in 2014.[4] He was succeeded by John Stinner.[5]


  1. "Nebraska Unicameral Legislature". Sen. John N. Harms. Retrieved March 17, 2009.