Michael Sobotka, son of Richard and Kathleen Sobotka, grew up on the family farm south of Inman, Nebraska in Holt County and was homeschooled through high school. At an early age he learned the value of hard work and dedication as he helped both his dad and uncle with the farming and ranching. An avid reader, Michael enjoyed history and was especially inspired by his reading about military heroes to join the Nebraska Army National Guard at age 17 in 2003. As a member of the 755th Chemical Company out of O’Neill Nebraska, Michael was deployed to Iraq in 2006-2007 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. After returning from Iraq he was assigned to SERFP Mission with the 754th Chemical Company of Omaha NE where he attained the rank of a Staff Sargent. He received an honorable discharge in 2012, having served nine years.
Michael continued his education receiving an Associates in Biology degree from Northeast Community College, Norfolk, NE. He then transferred to Chadron State College where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Rangeland Management in 2014.
While working his way through college, Michael had several job experiences including delivering cattle mineral throughout the Midwest where he got to see other farm and ranch operations. He spent two summers working on the Trask Ranch on the Cheyenne River in western South Dakota. During his time on the Trask Ranch, Michael got to experience traditional open range ranching and wheat farming. He spent one summer in the Black Hills of South Dakota thinning trees for forest sustainability and fire prevention. The following summer he got an internship with Wharf Gold Mine in Lead, South Dakota where he worked with weed control, mine reclamation, water testing, and water treatment.
In 2014, after college, Michael returned home to Inman, Nebraska to take over his uncle’s farm/ranch that was established by his great-grandfather in 1907. In the summer of 2017 Michael purchased the farm/ranch from his uncle and is now the 4th generation Sobotka to work the land.
Nebraska taxes are far too high and I will work to greatly reduce them. First we must understand why our taxes are too high. The cause is inflated state spending. If we reduce taxes without a corresponding cut in spending, other taxes must be increased (for example: lower property taxes and increase income taxes). Much of the spending is the taking of money from the person who earned it to give to someone who did not. Those who are truly in need should first look to family, church, ect. Government should only be a last resort. As a Nebraska legislator, I will work to cut government spending so we can truly lower taxes for all Nebraska citizens.
The inalienable God-given right of people to defend themselves should not be infringed upon in anyway. The US Constitution does not give the federal government any authority to make any gun laws infringing upon the right of the people to protect themselves. The Nebraska Constitution specifically protects our right to defend our person and property. Legislation preventing government infringement of this right should be high on the list of priorities for any candidate for public office. I intend to work toward legislation protecting constitutional carry for all law-abiding Nebraskans and limits to federal interference with the rights of our citizens.
Nebraskans are committed to the education and safety of our children. The cookie cutter approach of federal bureaucrats limits achievement and stifles potential. As we have seen recently it also endangers the physical safety of our youth. Bureaucrats cannot possibly understand the needs of Nebraska's children as well as the people of Nebraska who work daily with our children. Nebraska must regain control of our educational system for the long term benefit of our population, to improve the quality of education, reduce runaway costs, and ensure a safe learning environment. Nullification of inefficient and shortsighted federal education policies will achieve these goals.
As a Catholic, I believe that life starts at conception, and I will work to protect the lives of Nebraska’s unborn citizens.
A Constitutional Convention, by whatever name (Convention of the States, etc.) is too dangerous and there are no guarantees that our Constitution would survive. According to many eminent jurists, a Constitutional Convention can’t be limited in what it can do. It can even abolish our Constitution and replace it with totally different form of government. (For example: US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia “I certainly would not want a constitutional convention. I mean, whoa! Who knows what would come out of that?”) I will be adding more information on my website and via press releases as my campaign progresses. Therefore if elected, I will oppose all calls for a constitutional convention and will support rescinding previous calls.