James P. Cavanaugh is a fifth generation Nebraskan, practicing attorney, and independent historian. He was elected to the Douglas County Board of Commissioners in 2014. Jim currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Douglas County Hospital Foundation, Douglas County Health Center Board of Trustees and the Metropolitan Area Planning Agency Board. He has served on the boards of directors of the Nebraska Repertory Theater, the Nebraska Criminal Defense Attorneys Association, the Center for Missouri Rivers Studies, the Ancient Order of Hibernians, the Irish American Cultural Institute of Nebraska and Justice for Our Neighbors. He holds degrees in history and law from Creighton University. Jim has been a Humanities Council speaker since 2002.