Former state senator dies in accident
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - A former Nebraska lawmaker has died after she was struck by a car in a Lincoln grocery store parking lot.
Former state Sen. Jennie Robak, who served in the Legislature for 14 years, was killed Friday when a car driven by an elderly woman backed into her outside of a Hy-Vee in south Lincoln.
DiAnna Schimek, a friend and former colleague in the Legislature, described Robak Saturday as a woman with a "sparkly personality," who cared deeply about mental health issues.
Robak represented the Columbus area in the Legislature from 1989 until 2003. She is the mother of former Nebraska Lt. Gov. Kim Robak.
Before she was elected, Jennie Robak volunteered for the American Red Cross and worked for the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
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