About Patrick Leahy


Patrick and Justine at Shakespeare on the Green.

A native Omahan with deep roots in our community, Patrick Leahy is passionate about sustainability, conservation, and wise stewardship of our environment – all while responsibly guarding taxpayers' dollars.

As an intelligence officer in the U.S. Army Reserve and through his work in U.S. Senator Ben Nelson's office, Patrick has collaborated with Omaha community and business leaders, government agencies, and the Papio-Missouri NRD. He has important hands-on experience working with community groups to build consensus around critical projects and priorities.

An Omaha Story

The grandson of former Omaha mayor Gene Leahy, Patrick's story is an Omaha story. He graduated Omaha Skutt Catholic High School and went on to earn his bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska-Omaha working two jobs at a time to pay his way.


Patrick and his nephew

Patrick then enlisted in the U.S. Army to serve his country in a time of war. With assistance from the G.I. Bill, he will soon earn a Master's Degree from Creighton University's International Relations Program. Patrick remains a commissioned intelligence officer, First Lieutenant (P), in the Army Reserve with the U.S. Strategic Command at Offutt Air Force Base.

For the past six years, Patrick has been working for U.S. Senator Ben Nelson, beginning as his personal aide in 2006 and rising to become Senator Nelson's Eastern Nebraska Field Representative, where he acts as a liaison for the Senator in the Douglas, Sarpy, and Cass County region. His specialties include outreach to military and veteran groups as well as environmental, economic, and business issues.

In his free time, Patrick plays hockey, basketball, reading, traveling, and golfing. He attends St. James Parish and is active in the Ancient Order of Hibernians, an Irish- Catholic charitable organization.

Patrick Leahy is a registered non-partisan (independent). He knows issues the NRD Board faces should not be made based on politics, but on sensible analysis of how best to leverage protecting our natural resource within our community's budget.