State Senator Merv Riepe, elected in 2014, currently represents Legislative District 12 which includes Millard/Omaha and Ralston in Douglas County. Senator Riepe is a member of the Health and Human Services Committee, the General Affairs Committee, the Agriculture Committee, and the Legislature Planning Committee. Senator Riepe is a U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman veteran with a 30-year career in hospital and health care administration. Senator Riepe announced his commitment to propose enabling legislation to allow Direct Primary Care in the 2016 Legislative Session. Direct Primary Care is a patient-centered free-market reform effort, which provides affordable health care while strengthening the patient/doctor relationship.