Legislator of the Year

In 2010, the AIA Nebraska Government Affairs Committee established a biannual award to recognize outstanding legislative contributions to the profession and the practice of architecture by a member of the Nebraska Legislature. The Legislator of the Year will have demonstrated leadership and an active role in advancing the legislative priorities of AIA Nebraska.

2018 AIA Nebraska Legislator of the Year Award Recipient

Senator Patty Pansing Brooks, District 28

Senator Patty Pansing Brooks has served in the Nebraska Legislature representing District 28 in the heart of Lincoln since 2014. Her successes over the last 10 years include Co–chairing the fundraising effort to raise $6 million dollars for Lincoln's Union Plaza on Antelope Parkway, Co–chairing a $250 million dollar Lincoln Public School bond issue, and Co–chairing the $9.6 million dollar campaign to renovate Nebraska's Centennial Mall. Senator Pansing Brooks was also a member of the Coordinating Committee that led the iconic First Plymouth Church $10 Million Renovation Campaign. Lincoln is a better place because of her energy, commitment, and passion for her community and built environment.

While in the Legislature, Senator Pansing Brooks has made it her mission to improve women's lives by supporting women's issues and ensuring affordable healthcare access to all Nebraskans. She is known for tackling tough issues across the State. She has introduced and passed legislation that increases penalties for human traffickers while increasing protections for victims. She also has passed a number of bills designed to improve the juvenile justice system and increase financial protections for college students.

Senator Pansing Brooks is a small business owner and partner in her law firm, Brooks, Pansing Brooks with her husband, Loel. They have three children.

2014 Senator John E. Nelson, District 6

2014 Senator Jeremy Nordquist, District 7

2012 Senator Bob Krist, District 10, Northwest Omaha

2010 Senator Heath Mello, District 5, Omaha/Bellevue

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