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Chris Beutler

ImageChris Beutler was elected Mayor of Lincoln in May 2007 and re-elected in 2011 and 2015. He is the first Lincoln Mayor to serve three consecutive terms. Beutler is a native Nebraskan, who has devoted the majority of his life to serving the City of Lincoln, the people of Nebraska and the nation.

After graduating from Omaha's Benson High School and Yale University, Beutler heeded President Kennedy's call to public service, joining the Peace Corps and teaching children in Turkey. He served in the U.S. Army from 1969 to 1971, rising to the rank of First Lieutenant. After his military service, he returned to attend the University Of Nebraska College Of Law, earning his J.D. in 1973.

Beutler worked in the title industry for 15 years, starting and selling his own firm. As a development consultant for the City of Lincoln, Beutler raised millions of dollars for the Parks and Recreation Department.

Beutler was elected to the Nebraska Legislature in 1978, representing Central Lincoln's 28th District. He was re-elected in 1982. He returned in 1990 and was re-elected in 1994, 1998 and 2002. During his Legislative career, Beutler was a champion for campaign finance reform, the environment, state support for schools and business incentives that created new jobs.

As Mayor, Beutler led the successful campaign to build a new City arena, a project that was finished on time and on budget. Pinnacle Bank Arena has spurred the rapid development of the new West Haymarket Area, with hundreds millions of dollars in new private investment.

As Mayor during the Great Recession, Beutler corrected the City budget's structural imbalance through budget cuts, revenue enhancements and reorganization. Residents have had unprecedented input into the City budget through the Taking Charge public engagement process. Beutler has also made wise investments in public safety, infrastructure and technology:

  • The City has added 11 police officers and six firefighter in the last two years, and a voter approved quarter-cent sales tax is funding a new emergency radio system and a fire station relocation plan
  • Street funding has increased 58 percent since 2010.
  • The Lincoln Broadband Project set the stage for providing gigabit Internet service to every home and business by 2019 and Green Light Lincoln smart traffic technologies to improve traffic flow.

Mayor Beutler's efforts to recruit and keep young professionals is paying off. Lincoln has earned a reputation as a hub of the Silicon Prairie -- the Lincoln-Omaha area was recently ranked #1 on's list of up-and-coming tech hotspots. Lincoln continues to have one of the lowest unemployment rates in the nation, and is also ranked as a top five city for quality of life, raising a family and work-life balance.

The Mayor and his wife Judy live at 7021 Fernhill Place and together have five grown children and seven grandchildren.

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