A Biography of Brenda Council

Brenda J. Council (1955-present) from North Omaha was an African American member of the Nebraska Legislature.

A long-time labor lawyer, Brenda Council served on the Omaha School Board and the Omaha City Council, and ran for Mayor of Omaha twice before running for Nebraska Legislature. She was the first-ever four-time president of the school board, and the first Black woman to sit on the city council.

She is a Democrat, and as a legislator she represented the Eleventh District. She won and served from 2009 to 2013. Ms. Council and Tanya Cook were the first African American women to serve in the Legislature. She was born on October 3, 1955 in Omaha.

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Published by Adam Fletcher

An internationally recognized expert in youth engagement, Adam leads the Freechild Institute and SoundOut. He is also the editor NorthOmahaHistory.com; the author of Student Voice Revolution and twelve other books; and the host of the North Omaha History Podcast.

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