NORBERT T. TIEMANN was born in Minden, Nebraska, on July 18, 1924. He graduated from University of Nebraska in 1949 with a B.S., and he served in the U.S. Army in the Pacific Theater of World War II, from 1942 to 1945. Tiemann also was on occupational duty in Korea from 1950-1952. He served as mayor of Wausa, Nebraska, for three terms. He was elected Governor of Nebraska in 1966 and served one four-year term. During his tenure, Governor Tiemann successfully promoted passage of tax reform legislation designed to balance sales and income taxes. Linked to that reform was state aid to help equalize funding for school districts lacking significant property tax revenue. Tiemann also was successful in advocating establishment of a Department of Economic Development. During Tiemann’s gubernatorial term, voters approved a constitutional amendment providing that the state legislature could by a three-fifths majority authorize bonds backed by motor vehicle license fees and fuels taxes to cover the rising costs of highway construction. And in the first year of Tiemann’s term, which coincided with the state’s centennial, the legislature addressed issues such as fair housing, improvement of state mental health facilities, and a proposal to lower the voting age to nineteen. By the end of that centennial year, the legislature had passed 632 bills, a new state record. Tiemann served on the National Governors’ Conference Executive Committee from 1968 to 1969.
Governors of the American States, Commonwealths and Territories, National Governors' Conference, 1970.
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