|Member of the Nebraska Legislature|
from the 16th district
December 11, 1951|
|Alma mater||University of Nebraska-Lincoln|
He was elected in 1998 to represent the 16th Nebraska legislative district and reelected in 2002. He sat on the General Affairs committee and was vice chairperson of the Revenue, Urban Affairs, and Building Maintenance committees. Due to term limits approved by Nebraska voters in Initiative Measure 415 in 2001, state senators are limited to two terms, and Connealy was "termed out" in 2006.
He unsuccessfully ran for the United States House of Representatives in 2004 in Nebraska's 1st congressional district. Connealy won a competitive four-way primary on Tuesday, May 11, 2004 with 50.2% of the vote, defeating Janet Stewart, Charlie Matulka, and Phil Chase for the nomination. In the general election, Republican Jeff Fortenberry defeated State Senator Matt Connealy 54%-43%. Connealy won only two counties: Thurston and Burt.
| Nebraska state senator-district 16
| Executive Director of Nebraska Democratic Party