Sen. Merv Riepe

District 12
Room 2010
P.O. Box 94604
Lincoln, NE 68509
(402) 471-2623
Committee Assignments
  • Agriculture
  • Business and Labor
  • Health and Human Services
  • Reference
  • Executive Board
  • Legislative Oversight Review Special Committee


Elected to Nebraska Legislature: 2014; 2022

Born July 16, 1942, in Griswold, Iowa.

Education: Graduate of Griswold High School, 1960; UCLA (respiratory therapy program), 1964; University of Nebraska at Omaha (B.S. in finance), 1968; University of Iowa (M.A. in health care policy and hospital management), 1970.

Military service: Hospital corpsman, U.S. Navy, 1960-63.

Family: Married Jody Gillispie, Nov. 2, 1996; one child: S. Merle Riepe.

Occupation: Retired hospital executive

Former member: Ralston Board of Education; board, Mid-America Council of Scouts; board, Omaha Symphony; board, Outlook Nebraska, Inc. (chair); president’s advisory board, Nebraska Wesleyan University; board, Combined Health Agencies Drive.

Honors and awards: fellow, American College of Healthcare Executives; 2018 Regent Bob Whitehouse Policy Champion Award.