Jean Stothert

Jean Stothert (born February 7, 1954)[1] is an American politician and former nurse serving as the 51st mayor of Omaha, Nebraska. She is the first woman to hold the office and was sworn in as Mayor on June 10, 2013. She was re-elected on May 10, 2017.[2]

Jean Stothert
Jean Stothert 2020.jpg
51st Mayor of Omaha
Assumed office
June 10, 2013
Preceded byJim Suttle
Member of the Omaha City Council
from the 5th district
In office
Preceded byDan Welch
Succeeded byRich Pahls
Personal details
Jean Louise Belanger

(1954-02-07) February 7, 1954 (age 66)
[citation needed]
Wood River, Illinois, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Joe Stothert
(m. 1981)
EducationSeattle Pacific University (BS)
WebsiteOfficial website

Early life, education and careerEdit

Jean Stothert was born on February 7, 1954, in Wood River, Illinois.[3] She earned a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Seattle Pacific University.


Stothert began her career in nursing. Her 12 years as a critical care nurse and nursing manager included serving as head nurse at St. Louis University. She was responsible for her department budgeting, hiring and staff management.

In 1997, Stothert was elected to Millard Board of Education, elected and re-elected for three terms including 3 years as president of the board, serving until 2009.

Stothert was a candidate for the Nebraska Legislature in 2006, though she was defeated by Steve Lathrop by 14 votes (5073–5059).[4]

In 2009, Stothert was elected to represent District 5 on the Omaha City Council, defeating Jon Blumenthal 7401 to 4308.[5]

Mayor of OmahaEdit

On June 29, 2012, Stothert announced her candidacy for Mayor of Omaha.[6] Stothert raised $513,124 for campaign, compared to $804,700 raised by Jim Suttle.[7] Stothert received 32.2% of votes in a primary election of April 2, 2013.[8] She was elected mayor with 57.32% of votes, on May 14, 2013, defeating the incumbent mayor Jim Suttle.[9] She is the first woman to hold this office.[10]

She was re-elected in 2017.

In June 2020, Stothert referred to a Korean American woman whose name was displayed in Hangul on Facebook as a "troll who hides behind symbols and doesn’t list their name" after the woman left a comment critical of Stothert. After initially refusing to, Stothert later apologized for her remark.[11]

Personal lifeEdit

Stothert moved to Omaha in 1992 with her husband, Joseph Stothert, M.D., and their children, Elizabeth and Andrew. Stothert's husband is a trauma physician at UNMC.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Tysver, Robynn (March 18, 2013). "Mayoral hopeful Jean Stothert says she's prepared to lead". Omaha World-Herald. Archived from the original on June 30, 2013. Retrieved May 19, 2013.
  2. ^ Richardson, V. Democrat loses Omaha mayor’s race after anti-Trump theme, abortion message flop: Voters elect Republican Jean Stothert to second term in nationally watched race. The Washington Times. May 10, 2017
  3. ^ Sullivan, Sean (May 15, 2013). "Meet Jean Stothert, Omaha's first elected woman mayor". Washington Post. Retrieved May 19, 2013.
  4. ^ "Nebraska Election 2006 Official General Election Results". Official Nebraska Government Website. Archived from the original on 10 February 2015. Retrieved 4 October 2013.
  5. ^ "Official Election Results City of Omaha" (PDF). Douglas County Election Commission. Retrieved 4 October 2013.
  6. ^ Perez Jr., Juan (June 28, 2012). "Stothert, Welch join Omaha mayor's race". Omaha World-Herald. Retrieved May 19, 2013.
  7. ^ "Omaha's next mayor". Omaha World-Herald. Retrieved May 19, 2013.
  8. ^ "2013 Primary Election Unofficial Results". Douglas County Election Commission. April 2, 2013. Archived from the original on June 16, 2013. Retrieved April 15, 2013.
  9. ^ Tysver, Robynn (May 15, 2013). "Jean Stothert wins by wide margin to become Omaha's first woman mayor". Omaha World-Herald. Archived from the original on June 30, 2013. Retrieved May 19, 2013.
  10. ^ Perez Jr., Juan (May 19, 2013). "Jean Stothert urged to set new tone early". Omaha World-Herald. Archived from the original on June 30, 2013. Retrieved May 19, 2013.
  11. ^ Wong, Wilson (June 4, 2020). "Omaha mayor apologizes for saying Korean woman was 'troll who hides behind symbols'". NBC News.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Jim Suttle
Mayor of Omaha