Roman Lee Hruska
(August 16, 1904 April 25, 1999) was a Republican
U.S. Senator from the state of Nebraska
. Hruska was known as one of the most vocal conservatives
in the United States Senate
during the 1960s and 1970s.
Life and career
Hruska was born in David City, Nebraska
. His ancestors were Czech
immigrants, and he was proud of his Czech heritage.
Hruska's family moved to Omaha when he completed junior high school. He graduated from Tech High
in North Omaha
. He attended the University of Omaha
and the University of Chicago
and graduated from the Creighton University
law school. He settled in Omaha, Nebraska
and became a lawyer. He soon entered politics, becoming a member of the Douglas County, Nebraska
board of commissioners. He served as a regular member from 1944 to 1945 and as chairman from 1945 to 1952. He was vice-president of the National Association of County Officials from 1951 to 1952, and served for a time as a member of the Nebraska Board of control and the board of regents of the University of Omaha.
Hruska was elected to the United States House of Representatives
from the Omaha-dominated second district of Nebraska. He served only one term, as he ran for a United States Senate
seat in 1954, which was vacated by the death of Hugh Butler
. Hruska won, and was reelected in 1958, 1964 and 1970 and served in the Senate until his retirement in 1976. His opponent in 1958 and 1970 was Frank B. Morrison
. Hruska did not run for reelection to a fourth full term.
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