Former Congressman John McCollister has died at the age of 92.
McCollister, who was from Omaha, won three terms to Congress, serving from 1971 to 1977. McCollister defeated Congressman Glenn Cunningham to win the Republican nomination in 1971 and went on to win the general election to the 2nd Congressional District. McCollister ran for United States Senate in 1976 and was defeated by Omaha Mayor Ed Zorinsky.
Gov. Dave Heineman today issued the following statement regarding death of McCollister:
“Congressman McCollister was an outstanding Congressman and represented Nebraska with distinction. He was a World War II veteran, a dedicated civil servant, a respected business leader, and he was a good friend. He will be missed and our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”
U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns issued the following statement:
“John McCollister will be remembered by many as a former Congressman and Douglas County Commissioner, but he will be remembered by many more as a role model and friend. He dedicated his life to his family, his faith and his service to our state and nation – like so many from his generation, John truly led by example.
“He will be greatly missed. Steph and I join the countless Nebraskans praying for the McCollister family during this difficult time.”
U.S. Senator Deb Fischer released the following statement:
“Today, Nebraska lost a principled fighter, our state Republican Party lost a great leader, and I lost a dear friend. Congressman McCollister was devoted to public service for the entirety of his life, including his military service during World War II. He remained an indispensable member of his community, even in his later years. He truly loved Nebraska and was a gentleman with a great sense of humor who simply enjoyed life to its fullest.
“I was privileged to count John as an early supporter and was honored when he agreed to co-chair my U.S. Senate campaign. I benefitted from his counsel and insight from his many years of service, both in Washington and Nebraska. Bruce and I join all Nebraskans in mourning John’s passing and send our prayers and deepest condolences to all of the McCollister family.”