About Chris Beutler
Chris Beutler is a native Nebraskan, who has devoted his life to serving the City of Lincoln and the people of Nebraska.
Chris attended Yale University, where he played football for the Bulldogs and graduated in 1966. Heeding the call to public service by President John F. Kennedy, Chris joined the U.S. Peace Corps and taught children in Turkey. Chris is a veteran of the Armed Forces. He served in the U.S. Army from 1969 to 1971, rising to the rank of First Lieutenant.
He returned to Nebraska to attend the University Of Nebraska College Of Law, earning his J.D. in 1973.
Professionally, Chris worked in the title industry in support of Lincoln’s commercial real estate and housing markets for over 15 years. He started, grew and sold his own business, Beutler Title Company.
As a development consultant for the City of Lincoln, Chris raised millions of dollars for the City’s Parks and Recreation Department. Beutler’s work was key to the renovation of the Sunken Gardens - - restoring one of Lincoln’s crown jewels.
Beutler was elected to the Nebraska Legislature in 1978, representing Central Lincoln’s 28th District. He was re-elected in 1982. He returned in 1990 and was re-elected in 1994, 1998 and 2002.
During his Legislative career, Chris was a champion for campaign finance reform. He led the effort to reduce the influence of big money in campaigns and increase the power of Nebraska citizens at the ballot box. Chris led the successful 2006 court case that resulted in Regent David Hergert being removed from office for violations of Nebraska’s campaign finance laws.
Beutler has been a leader on the environment, enacting key water and anti-pollution legislation. He advocated successfully for education finance changes that boosted state support of classroom teachers and reduced educational reliance on property taxes. He was a strong supporter of business incentives that improved Nebraska’s business climate and led to the creation of thousands of new jobs and new investment.
During his time in the legislature, Beutler has served as chair of the Judiciary Committee, the Natural Resources Committee, the Executive Board, and the Performance Audit Committee. He has served on the Education Committee and the Rules Committee.
In the 2006 session, Beutler was instrumental in securing an additional $1.1 million per year for City of Lincoln street building efforts.
Chris and his wife, Judy live at 3315 M Street and together have five children: Lori, Alexa, Erica, Mikahla and Sam; and seven grandchildren.