Paul Anderson

” I’m the oldest of twelve children, and I grew up in Nebraska, North Dakota, and Kansas. I’m a native of Nebraska,and have lived and worked in Axtell, Broken Bow,Alliance, Scottsbluff, Sidney, Lincoln, and now Omaha. Outside my military service,and since 1971, Nebraska has been my home. I’m asking,”we the people”, of Nebraska and America, for the privilege and honor, to serve, and be accountable to them, in their house of representatives.”

Journey Through Paul’s History

  • 1953

    Born in Plainview, Nebraska

  • 1959-1963

    Started school in Flaxton, North Dakota

  • 1963-1971

    Finished grade school, high school diploma in Kensington,Ks.

  • 1971-1972

    Worked at Bethphage Mission in Axtell, Nebraska

  • 1972-1976

    U.S. Navy (Active duty), served as a hospital corpsman,in Pensacola, Florida

  • 1976-1977

    Worked for Sargent Irrigation Broken Bow, Nebraska

  • 1977

    Diploma in Railroad Freight Car Maintenance Program at Western Nebraska Community College in Sidney, Nebraska.

  • 1978

    Hired by the Burlington Northern RR, as an carman apprentice, in Alliance, Nebraska.

  • 1979

    Enlisted in the U.S. Navy Reserve

  • 1980

    Became a qualified railroad journeyman carman.

  • 1982-1984

    Reentered U.S. Navy (Active Duty) Served onboard the USS Vancouver LPD-2, as a ship board repairman.

  • 1984-1988

    Returned to RR job in Alliance, Ne.

  • 1988

    Transferred with my RR job, in Alliance,Ne. to Havelock Shops, in Lincoln,Ne.

  • 1992

    Met and married my wife Lynne, who is a retired registered nurse, who worked at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

  • 2003

    Reenlisted in the U.S. Navy Reserve, two weeks after my 50th birthday!

  • 2004

    My Navy Reserve unit (MACH 1), was mobilized, and sent to Iraq.

  • 2010

    Started serving as a volunteer, on the board of trustees, with the Danish Springwell Cemetery.

  • 2013

    Retired from the Navy Reserve and the BNSF railroad, on my 60th birthday.

    2014- Present

    Started as a weekly volunteer driver, with the DAV, shuttling veterans to the VA hospital, and volunteer weekly crew member, with Habitat
    for Humanity.

    In Loving Memory


    On this day, in the early morning hours,my brother Tim (locomotive engineer), and his conductor, Don Brannon, were killed instantly when their train slammed into a parked train, in the Nebraska sandhills near Halsey. My brother Tim was an eagle scout, and one of the youngest BNSF employees, to qualify as a locomotive engineer, he died doing what he truly loved!