Pat Sheehan, a 52-year-old Gaeilgeoir and former Hungerstriker gained a degree in Philosophy and Politics with First Class Honours while imprisoned.
Upon his release from prison in 1998 he became active in Sinn Féin. Pat is a member of St Galls GAC – and has played football for Antrim and win an Ulster school championship title and has Club championship medals in football and hurling.
Pat also worked for the republican ex-prisoners organisation, Coiste na n-Iarchími as Legacy Coordinator.
Pat was co-opted to the Assembly to replace Party President Gerry Adams and re-elected in 2011.
Pat is a member of the Policing Board and sits on the Assembly's Culture, Arts and Leisure Committee.