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Nebraska Communities Mourn Former Senator Scott Lautenbaugh
Nebraska communities are grieving the tragic and sudden death of prominent local leader Scott Lautenbaugh, who passed away early Saturday morning, December 16th, 2023.
Lautenbaugh served Nebraska in various capacities over his decades-long career in public service. He was a former State Senator, Douglas County Election Commissioner from 2000-2003, and local attorney.
The news of his passing was announced on Facebook by Rod Edwards, Director of Governmental Affairs at Conklin Company and close friend of Lautenbaugh. Edwards wrote: “We lost a good friend early this morning. Scott Lautenbaugh touched a lot of lives and made friends everywhere. He would help anyone and always could cut through B.S. with an incredible sense of humor. He was one of a kind and he is already missed. Prayers to his family, closest friends, and Laura.”
By all accounts, Lautenbaugh was a larger-than-life figure in the communities he served, making a tremendous impact both professionally and personally. He graduated from Omaha South High School in 1983 and went on to earn his B.A. from Creighton University in 1987, followed by his J.D. in 1991. In addition to his prolific career, he was a father of two children.
As Douglas County Election Commissioner, Lautenbaugh oversaw the politically contentious redrawing of district boundaries for the Omaha City Council and Omaha Public Schools Board. His redistricting proposals were disputed but ultimately affirmed by the Nebraska Supreme Court with only slight modifications. This major accomplishment had significant and lasting impacts on local representation.
Friends, colleagues and community members are mourning the loss of Lautenbaugh’s humor, mentorship, and the many contributions he made to the public good over his lifetime. Nebraska has lost a dedicated son and servant-leader before his time.
Lautenbaugh was born on November 11, 1964 in Sioux City, Iowa. He built his career serving Nebraskans as an attorney in private practice and later the public sector. His sudden passing on the morning of December 16th, 2023 has shocked the communities he worked in and called home.
While the causes remain unknown, Lautenbaugh’s death is being attributed to a sudden medical emergency. Iowans and Nebraskans alike are offering their condolences, support, and prayers to his family, close friends like Rod Edwards, and his former partner Laura in this difficult time. His humor, mentorship, and dedication will be deeply missed though his legacy lives on through those he inspired to service.