Laura Ebke, Ph.D. is the Platte Institute’s Senior Fellow, assisting policymakers and the public as the Nebraska Legislature implements the new Occupational Board Reform Act. The Act is Nebraska’s first comprehensive review of the state’s job licensing laws, and is a law Laura sponsored as a Nebraska state senator.
Laura is a lifelong Nebraskan, growing up in Fairbury and graduating from the Class of 1980. She has resided in Crete for 26 years.
Laura holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Nebraska. In addition to serving as the chair of the Nebraska Legislature’s Judiciary Committee, she served for 12 years on the Crete Public Schools Board of Education.
As a lifetime member of the Girl Scouts, Laura has volunteered for the organization for over 20 years, including as a board member and Vice President of Homestead Council Girl Scouts. She is also a merit badge counselor for Cornhusker Council Boy Scouts.
She is married to her high school sweetheart, Russ Ebke, a U.S. Navy veteran and family physician in Crete. Laura and Russ have three children, Jennifer, Tasha, and Isaac, and one granddaughter, Tamzin.
The Ebke family pets include cats Molly and Daisy, and Pip the bearded dragon.