Elected to Nebraska Legislature: 2014

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; 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: 2013 Volunteer Fundraiser of the Year, Nebraska Chapter, Association of Fundraising Professionals; fellow, Nebraska State Bar Foundation (1998); Lincoln Barristers-Inns of Court (1992-99); fellow, Leadership Lincoln III; member, Nebraska Law Review (1983-84).