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 earning her Master's degree and PhD in Psychology from Emory University in Atlanta, GA. Liz began her educational career while in her Master's program, and has taught at the collegiate level for over 15 years.
With her research and education 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.
Councilmember Sheehan serves on the following committees, boards, and commissions for the Urban County Council:
- Environmental Quality and Public Works Committee
- General Government and Social Services Committee
- Homelessness Prevention and Intervention Board
- Senior Services Commission
- Mayor's International Affairs Advisory Commission
Additionally, Liz is currently a member of Junior League of Lexington, the Women’s Network, League of Women Voters, Girl Scouts of Kentucky’s Wilderness Road Council, and serves as a board member of the nonprofit she co-founded, Compassionate Lexington.
Liz previously served as the Chair of Lexington Fairness, the Vice Chair of the Environmental Commission, a Lexington Fair Housing Council board member, an Ashland Neighborhood Association board member, and member of the CivicLex Governance Board. Liz is a graduate of Leadership Lexington (class of 2017-2018) and the Citizens’ Environmental Academy (class of 2019-2020) and helped create the Public Engagement Toolkit for ImagineLexington.
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. The Senior Center, located off of Richmond Road near Idle Hour Park, provides many services and activities to Lexington's senior community. 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.