Roland A. Luedtke

Roland Alfred Luedtke (January 4, 1924 – July 22, 2005) was an American politician who served as the 31st Lieutenant Governor of Nebraska from 1979 to 1983.

Roland Luedtke
31st Lieutenant Governor of Nebraska
In office
January 4, 1979 – January 6, 1983
GovernorCharles Thone
Preceded byGerald T. Whelan
Succeeded byDonald McGinley
Member of the Nebraska Legislature
In office
Personal details
BornJanuary 4, 1924
Lincoln, Nebraska
DiedJuly 22, 2005 (aged 81)
Lincoln, Nebraska
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Helen D. Snyder

Luedtke was born in Lincoln, Nebraska on January 4, 1924 to Alfred C. and Carolina (Senne) Luedtke. After graduating from Lincoln High School in 1942 he served in World War II in the U.S. Army. He then attended University of Nebraska–Lincoln and received a bachelor's degree in 1949 followed by a law degree.

Luedtke served as Nebraska Deputy Secretary of State from 1953 to 1959. In November 1966 he was first elected to the Nebraska Legislature. He became Speaker of the Legislature in 1977.[1][2]

He was elected lieutenant governor and served in that position from 1979 to 1983. He was next elected as the mayor of Lincoln, serving from 1983 to 1987.[3][4][5]

Luedtke married Helen D. Snyder on December 1, 1951, and they had two sons. He was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in his later years, and died on July 22, 2005.[6][7]


  1. ^ (6 January 1994). Two Women Chair Committees, McCook Daily Gazette
  2. ^ (24 August 1976). Own Issue Confronts 'Right to Die' Advocate, Milwaukee Sentinel (AP story)
  3. ^ (7 May 1987). INDIANAPOLIS MAYOR HUDNUT WINS GOP PRIMARY, Chicago Tribune ("n Lincoln, Neb., Democratic state Sen. Bill Harris was elected mayor in a nonpartisan race, defeating Republican Roland Luedtke.")
  4. ^ Sharp, Nanch Weatherly & James Roger Sharp (eds.) American legislative leaders in the Midwest, 1911-1994, p. 162-63 (1997)
  5. ^ Lincoln's Mayors,, Retrieved February 14, 2012
  6. ^ Lt. Gov. Roland A. Luedtke (1979-1983),, Retrieved February 14, 2012
  7. ^ (23 July 2005). Former Lt. Governor Dies, WOWT-TV
Political offices
Preceded by
Gerald T. Whelan
Lieutenant Governor of Nebraska
Succeeded by
Donald McGinley
Preceded by
Hal W. Bauer
Nebraska State Senator- District 28
Succeeded by
Chris Beutler
Preceded by
Helen Boosalis
Mayor of Lincoln
1983 to 1987
Succeeded by
Bill Harris