- Associated Press - Thursday, August 14, 2014

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union of Nebraska on Thursday named a state senator from Lincoln as its next executive director.

Sen. Danielle Conrad, who is leaving the Legislature due to term limits, will join the group in November. Conrad will replace Amy Miller, who served as the ACLU’s interim director after Becki Brenner, of Omaha, resigned in January.

Conrad, 37, worked as a policy counsel for the group Nebraska Appleseed before serving as a lawmaker in a north Lincoln district. She also served as executive director of the Lincoln Parks Foundation, and led this year’s campaign to place a proposed minimum wage increase on the November ballot.

“Mrs. Conrad’s history of championing the basic rights and liberties of all Nebraskans is exemplary,” ACLU President Leslie Seymore said in a statement.

In the Legislature, Conrad served on the budget-writing Appropriations Committee and worked on legislation related to workplace fairness, reproductive freedom and immigration.

Conrad, originally from Seward, earned her law degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

“The values taught to me by my parents - treating people fairly, respecting individual freedoms, keeping government in line - these are the values that have compelled me throughout my public career,” Conrad said.

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