Commissioner Patty Sheehan graduated from Seminole State College and the University of Central Florida with a B.A. degree in Art. She worked full time and put herself through college. She bought her first home at the age of 21. Her second home is in Colonialtown, where she has lived for 26 years.
Commissioner Patty Sheehan was first elected to the Orlando City Council in 2000. She served as the President of the Colonialtown Neighborhood Association, and comes from a servant leadership background. She is also proud to dedicate her career to Public Service.
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 Davis, Lake Copeland, Albert Shores, Hampton Park, Lake Holden Terrace, Millenia, Wadeview and Delaney Park, Downtown, Thornton Park, Pineloch, Lancaster Park, Southern Oaks, Lake Terrace, Bel Air, Lake Weldona, Milk District neighborhood, and most of the historic districts. Also included are the Central business District, South Orange and Division commercial areas, as well as Mills 50, Thornton Park, SoDo, Curry Ford West, and Milk District Mainstreets.
Commissioner Sheehan has been recognized by the Orlando Weekly, Watermark, and Orlando Magazine as Best Elected Official. She was listed in the top 25 Influential Women in Orlando Life Magazine. She has twice been a Finalist for Downtowner of the Year, and accepted it on behalf of the Orlando Community with Mayor Buddy Dyer for leadership after the Pulse nightclub shooting. She was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Center at the Harvey Milk Diversity Awards. She has been listed four times in Orlando Magazines 50 Most Powerful People.
She is proudest of her compassionate leadership of Orlando after one of the worst mass shootings in American history, and helping to raise $34 million to help the victims, survivors, and their families. She was the first openly gay elected official in Central Florida, and she helped officiate the Vowed and Proud ceremony recognizing the first gay marriages in Florida. She also counts restoring the Lake Eola fountain, saving Constitution Green, and Lake Druid Park among her best accomplishments. She is an urban agriculture advocate, and championed community gardens and urban chickens. She 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. She also lobbied and passed a Florida State Law allowing Doggie Dining on patios in downtown Orlando.
Commissioner Sheehan enjoys gardening, paddleboarding, and riding her Vespa around downtown Orlando. She is a proponent of arts and culture in Orlando, and is an artist who exhibits her “Bad Kitty” paintings in local restaurants, shops, and clubs. She also dabbles in screen printing and glass blowing. She lives in her 1928 bungalow with her rescue dog Sienna, a diva kitty named Nina Simone, a few goldfish, and a flock of urban chickens.