Councilmember Liz Sheehan was elected to represent the residents of the 5th District in November of 2020. In addition to her role as Councilmember, Liz works as a Senior Lecturer and student advisor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Kentucky.
Liz completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology at Virginia Tech University before obtaining her Master's degree and PhD in Psychology from Emory University in Atlanta, GA. Liz began her career in educational instruction while in her Master's program, and has taught at the collegiate level for over 15 years.
With her research and educational background, Liz prioritizes data-driven, collaborative, and innovative solutions to our most pressing issues. She values civic engagement, responsible growth, good stewardship of our natural resources, fostering a welcoming community, and economic development.
Liz and her husband Dr. Dan Sheehan have a middle school-aged daughter, who attends Fayette County Public Schools. The Sheehans welcomed a new furry family member, a rescue dog named Jaja (Ya-Ya), in 2020.
Councilmember Sheehan’s unique perspective as an educator, civic leader, and working mother will guide her service to the 5th District and the city of Lexington.
Liz serves on the following Committees for the Urban County Council:
About the 5th District
Lexington’s 5th Council District is home to many historic neighborhoods and numerous active neighborhood associations spanning across parts of the 40502, 40505 and 40517 zip codes. The district encompasses areas from Warfield Place, to Kenwick, Idle Hour, Chevy Chase, Ashland, Ecton Park, Lansdowne-Merrick, Patchen Village, Plainview, Lakeview, and many others. Visitors may find themselves traveling through parts of the 5th District as they commute, work, shop, and dine along the Richmond Road corridor, Winchester and Liberty Road, as well as Alumni and Tates Creek Drive. With seven unique parks ranging in size and many walkable neighborhoods, residents and visitors alike can take time to appreciate the natural beauty and greenspaces found here. The 5th District is a wonderful place to work, own a business, find leisure, appreciate history, and call home.