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Former Nebraska speaker Flood to run for Legislature again

August 16, 2019 GMT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A former speaker of the Nebraska Legislature is looking to return to his old seat.

Mike Flood, of Norfolk, announced his candidacy Friday for the District 19 seat, representing all of Madison County and a part of Stanton County.

Flood previously served in the Legislature from 2005 to 2013, and spent six years as legislative speaker. The seat he’s seeking is currently held by state Sen. Jim Scheer, who is also from Norfolk and also serves as speaker. Scheer is ineligible to seek re-election in 2020 due to term limits.

During his first two terms in office, Flood helped broker compromises in the Legislature on the Keystone XL pipeline and legislation to overhaul a state labor-relations commission.

Flood is an attorney and owns a chain of radio stations.