P.J. Morgan has been a leader in the City of Omaha for over 30 years. He has proven himself a successful businessman, an accomplished elected official and a concerned community fundraiser and volunteer.
In 1967, P.J. Morgan founded the P.J. Morgan Company and developed it into one of the largest real estate firms in Nebraska in excess of $200 million (1970’s value) worth of real estate management, sales and a workforce of over 100 people.
While building his real estate company, P.J. also began his political career with his election to the Nebraska State Senate in 1970 and then to the position of Douglas County Commissioner in 1973. He was selected Outstanding Young Omahan in 1973 and Outstanding Young Nebraskan in 1974 by the Jay Cee’s organization.
In the 1980’s, P.J. served on the Board of Governors for the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) and was involved in the merger of Clarkson Hospital and UNMC. He was also appointed by the then Mayor of Omaha to the Omaha Airport Authority, where he was a chairperson for five years. During that tenure, he presided over the most complete airport renovation and expansion program in Eppley Airfield’s history.
In late 1986, P.J. sold his real estate company to a group of employees in anticipation of running for the Office of Omaha Mayor. P.J. Morgan was elected Mayor of Omaha in 1989.
As Mayor, P.J. implemented a business-like approach to running government. P.J. explained, “You may not be able to run government like a business but you run it in a business-like way.”
Under P.J. Morgan’s leadership, the Morgan administration was responsible for developing more affordable housing than in previous Omaha history. Mayor Morgan also served as an active ambassador, protecting and expanding existing jobs and promoting economic development in Omaha to a national level. His impressive leadership style generated enough attention to warrant an appearance on Meet the Press with David Brinkley where he discussed his views on local law enforcement.
Mayor Morgan was reelected in 1993 to a second term as Omaha’s Mayor by the largest margin in the history of city elections.
In 1992, Mayor Morgan was one of three United States mayors invited by President George H. Bush to speak at the Republican National Convention. President Bush asked Mayor Morgan to discuss his proactive business approach to government operations.
During his second term as Omaha’s Chief Executive Officer, P.J. Morgan resigned to become the President and CEO of Duncan Aviation located in Lincoln, Nebraska. The company, one of the world’s largest privately owned aircraft maintenance and refurbishment organizations, is a multi-million dollar entity with more than 800 employees worldwide. P.J. was named Vice Chairman of the Board at Duncan Aviation and was involved in the company’s operations for several years after.
In 1996, P.J. returned to managing his own properties in Omaha and reestablishing P.J. Morgan Real Estate. Through his new company, P.J. continues to be highly successful and a driving force in real estate representing both local and national clients.
A tireless example of community leadership, P.J.’s past civic service includes Division Chairman for United Way’s annual fund drive and serving on United Way’s governing board in 1970’s. He served as Education Chairperson for the Nebraska American Cancer Society. In addition, he was President of the Young Presidents Organization and of the Independent Free Appraisers. He has served on the Cerebral Palsy, Salvation Army and Nebraska Motor Vehicle boards and was a member of the Omaha Chamber of Commerce’s board for 10 years.
P.J. was elected to County Commission for District 6 in 2010 and also serves on the board for the Omaha Airport Authority. In 2017, he was inducted into the Omaha Business Hall of Fame.