Biography

Elected to Nebraska Legislature: 2014; re-elected 2018

Born Patty Pansing, Sept. 30, 1958, in Lincoln.

Education: Graduate of Lincoln Southeast High School, 1976; Colorado College, 1980; University of Nebraska College of Law (J.D.), 1984.

Family: Married Loel P. Brooks, July 7, 1982; three children: Taylor, Graham and Avary.

Occupation: Attorney, co-founder and vice president, Brooks, Pansing Brooks, PC, LLO.

Former: Senior policy counsel/aid, Mayor Beutler; general counsel, Spence Title Insurance Company; law clerk, Nebraska Association of School Boards.

Member: Nebraska Bar Association; Lincoln Bar Association; trustee, Bryan Medical Center Board; Nebraska Children’s Commission; board, Partnership for a Healthy Lincoln; superintendent’s advisory committee, Lincoln Public Schools (co-chair, 2010-13); coordinating committee, First Plymouth Church Renovation Campaign; Cather Circle; trustee, Lincoln Community Foundation; trustee, Lincoln Public Schools Foundation; trustee, Lincoln Parks Foundation; trustee, Mourning Hope; board, Lincoln Public Schools PTO; Lincoln Chamber of Commerce; First Plymouth Church.

Former member: fundraising campaign, Nebraska’s Centennial Mall (co-chair); fundraising campaign, Union Plaza (co-chair); school bond campaign (co-chair); superintendent’s student housing task force, Lincoln Public Schools (co-chair); chancellor’s board of counselors, University of Nebraska Medical Center; board, MEDICI UNL (chair); Family Service Association (president); board, Folsom Children’s Zoo and Botanical Gardens; Lincoln-Lancaster County Commission on the Status of Women (president, 1989-90); board, Community Blood Bank of the Lancaster County Medical Society; board, United Way of Lancaster County.

Honors and awards: 2018 Child Health Advocate Award, American Academy of Pediatrics; 2018 Commitment to Excellence in Leadership Award, Nebraska Juvenile Justice Association; 2018 Nebraska Legislator of the Year, American Institute of Architects; 2017 Being the Change Award, LGBTQA+ Resource Center of Nebraska; Fulfilling the Legacy of Gault Award, Nebraska State Bar Association & Creighton University School of Law; Advocate of Innocence Award, Midwest Innocence Project; 2017 Peacemaker of the Year, Nebraskans for Peace; 2016 Champion of Innocence, Nebraska Innocence Project; 2015 Defender of the Bill of Rights, ACLU of Nebraska. Nebraska Law Review (1983-84).