Commissioner Patty Sheehan was first elected to the Orlando City Council in 2000.
She served as President of the Colonialtown Neighborhood Association, and is proud
to come from a servant leadership background.
Commissioner Sheehan represents Colonialtown North and South, Coytown, Dover Shores West, Lake Como, Lake Davis/Greenwood, the Lake Lawsona Historic Neighborhood Association , South Eola, the Lake Eola Heights Historic Neighborhood Association, Lake Cherokee, Lake Copeland, Albert Shores, Hampton Park, Lake Holden Terrace, Millenia, Wadeview and Delaney Park, downtown, Thornton Park, Pineloch, Lancaster Park, Delaney Park, Southern Oaks, Lake Terrace, Bel Air, Lake Weldona, and most of the historic districts. Also included are the Central business district, South Orange and Division commercial areas, as well as Mills 50, Downtown South, and Thornton Park MainStreet Districts.
She serves as Chair of the HUD Sustainability Grant on the East Central Florida Regional Planning Council, and established some of the first neighborhood horizon planning processes, which led to successful developments like SoDo, Mills Park, and Baldwin Park.
Commissioner Sheehan has been recognized by the Orlando Weekly and Orlando Magazine, and Watermark as Best elected Official. She was listed in the top 25 Influential Women in Orlando Life Magazine. She was awarded the Diversity Champion Award by the Asian American Chamber of Commerce in 2013. She has twice been a Finalist for Downtowner of the Year. She was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Center at the Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast in 2015. She has been listed twice by Orlando Magazine among Orlando's 50 Most Powerful People.
She is proudest of the restoration of the iconic Lake Eola Fountain, adding of 1.3 acres to Lake Eola Park, the preservation of Eola House, and construction of sidewalks for children walking to school. She was the first openly gay elected official in Central Florida, and she helped officiate the City Hall Vowed and Proud Ceremony recognizing the first gay marriages in Florida. She is an urban agriculture advocate, and championed community gardens and urban chickens. She also worked with the Trust for Public Land to acquire the Orlando Urban Trail. She is a huge supporter of small business and Orlando's MainStreet Districts, and represents Mills 50, Downtown South, and Thornton Park Mainstreets. She also lobbied and passed a Florida State Law allowing for Doggie Dining on outdoor patios in downtown Orlando.
Commissioner Sheehan enjoys gardening and paddleboarding. She is a huge proponent of the arts and culture in Orlando, and is a local artist who exhibits her "Bad Kitty" paintings in local clubs and shops. She lives in a 1928 bungalow with her rescue puppy Sienna, Nina Simone, a diva kitty, along with Peep, Cheep, and Bleep, her chickens.