City of Lincoln
Past Mayors of Lincoln, NE
Don Wesely was elected the City of Lincoln's 49th Mayor on May 4, 1999 and was sworn into office May 17. In a record voter turnout for the non-partisan election, Wesely received 56 percent of the vote. The Mayor serves a four-year term.
Mayor Wesely is dedicated to improving Lincoln's quality of life. His major priorities include strengthening downtown and the city's established neighborhoods, encouraging and guiding the tremendous growth in business and residential development and putting in place a long-range plan to ensure Lincoln's prosperity for the future.
Wesely has assumed the leadership in moving forward with the largest infrastructure project in the city's history -- the Antelope Valley Project, which will provide flood control, traffic improvements and neighborhood revitalization in the core of the city. The Mayor took the lead in forging a historic public-private partnership among NEBCO Inc., the University of Nebraska and the city that will result in new ballparks for the University baseball and softball teams and a new Northern League professional baseball team for Lincoln. The Mayor has also led the transition of ambulance service to the Fire Department.
Wesely was born March 30, 1954 in David City, Nebraska. He attended the Lincoln public schools, graduating from Lincoln Northeast High School. He received his B.A. Degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1977 and attended graduate school at UNL.
Mayor Wesely has three children -- Sarah, Amanda and Andrew.
Wesely was first elected to the Nebraska Legislature in 1978, becoming the third youngest person ever to serve in the Unicameral Legislature. He served the 26th Legislative District of Northeast Lincoln for 20 years during which time more than 300 legislative initiatives he sponsored or co-sponsored were successfully enacted into state law. His committee work included 14 years as Chairman of the Health and Human Services Committee. When he retired from the Legislature in 1998, Wesely was the eighth longest serving State Senator in Nebraska history.
Wesely was employed as a Senior Research Associate for Aliant Communication (formerly Lincoln Telephone Company, now Alltel) from 1985 to 1998.