Don Wesely

Don Wesely

Don Wesely, Lobbyist


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Don amassed a wealth of experience that he brings to his job as a lobbyist at O’Hara Lindsay.  Don delivers results for our clients with integrity, ingenuity and a mastery of public policy.

In 1999, Don Wesely was elected Mayor of Lincoln.  As mayor, Don oversaw a budget of $293 million and a staff of more than 2,700 employees.  Two of the more significant achievements during his four-year term include the Haymarket Park baseball stadium and the start of the Antelope Valley Project.  He declined to run for a second term.

Don was elected to the Unicameral to represent Lincoln’s 26th district at the tender age of 24.  During his 20 years as a State Senator, he introduced or co-introduced more than 300 bills that successfully became law.  He served as a member or chairman of six different committees including 14 years as the Chairman of the Health and Human Services committee.

Don was born in David City, Nebraska, but grew up in Lincoln, and lives there today.  He has three grown children, Amanda, Andrew and Sarah; Sarah and her husband, Jay Steinkruger, are the proud parents of Don’s grandchildren, Ezra and Evie.


  • Lobbyist since 2004
  • Former Mayor of Lincoln
  • Former Nebraska State Senator for 20 years
    • Served as Chairman for the:
      Health and Human Services Committee
      Retirement Committee
      Rules Committee
    • Served as a Member of:
      Public Works
      Banking, Commerce and Insurance
      Transportation and Telecommunications
  • Bachelor of Arts in Pre-Law – University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Lincoln Northeast High School, Lincoln, NE

Community Involvement:

  • University of Nebraska Czech Heritage Program Advisory Committee
  • Lincoln Partnership for Economic Development Steering Committee
  • Co-Chair, Capital Humane Society’s Capital Campaign for a New Animal Adoption Center 2010-2012
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