Donald McGinley

Donald Francis McGinley (June 30, 1920 – July 6, 2005) was a Democratic politician from Nebraska who served a single term in the United States House of Representatives from 1959 to 1961 and as Nebraska's 32nd Lieutenant Governor from 1983 to 1987 under Governor Bob Kerrey.

Donald McGinley
Donald F. McGinley (Nebraska Congressman and Lt. Governor).jpg
From 1959's Pocket Congressional Directory of the 86th Congress
32nd Lieutenant Governor of Nebraska
In office
January 6, 1983 – January 9, 1987
GovernorBob Kerrey
Preceded byRoland A. Luedtke
Succeeded byWilliam E. Nichol
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Nebraska's 4th district
In office
January 3, 1959 – January 3, 1961
Preceded byArthur L. Miller
Succeeded byDavid Martin
Personal details
Born(1920-06-30)June 30, 1920
Keith County, Nebraska
DiedJuly 6, 2005(2005-07-06) (aged 85)
Lincoln, Nebraska
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materUniversity of Notre Dame
Georgetown University

McGinley was a highly educated attorney with degrees from the University of Notre Dame and Georgetown University. Before practicing law, he served in the Army Air Corps during World War II and was a reporter for the Denver Register.

He was admitted to the bar and began his practice in Ogallala in 1950. After returning to Nebraska, McGinley was elected to the state legislature in 1954 and to Congress four years later. He served a single term before losing to Republican David Martin.

He was a delegate to the 1964 Democratic National Convention and the 1968 Democratic National Convention. He became a judge in the Court of Industrial Relations in Lincoln, Nebraska from 1976 to 1980.

More than two decades later, McGinley made a political comeback as the running mate of Nebraska Gov. Bob Kerrey. He served as the state's lieutenant governor for four years and was later appointed by Gov. Ben Nelson to chair the Nebraska Selective Service Commission. He died in Lincoln on July 6, 2005. He was a member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Elks, the Knights of Columbus.


  1. "The Political Graveyard". McGinley, Donald Francis. Retrieved January 19, 2006.
  2. "Congressional Bioguide". McGinley, Donald Francis. Retrieved January 18, 2006.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Arthur L. Miller
United States Representative for the 4th Congressional District of Nebraska
Succeeded by
David Martin
Political offices
Preceded by
Roland A. Luedtke
Lieutenant Governor of Nebraska
Succeeded by
William E. Nichol