HARRISBURG – After dedicating much of her life to public service, Sen. Patricia H. Vance has announced she will not seek re-election in the 31st Senatorial District.
“My time as an elected official has been extremely rewarding,” Vance said. “Not only have I been given the opportunity to impact a community, for which I care deeply, but I’ve also been given the opportunity to work with a number of very bright and capable individuals who I now call friends.
“My goal as an elected official has always been to represent my district to the best of my abilities,” Vance continued. “I have tried to be forthright and honest, and I sincerely hope I’ve conveyed that in my votes and interactions with constituents. Looking back over the years, I hope I am remembered for treating others fairly, representing the best interest of my district, and for making thoughtful well-reasoned votes.”
Vance has dedicated her life to public service. After becoming a registered nurse, she worked in a variety of capacities, including as a surgical pediatric nurse, private duty nurse and charge nurse at a nursing home. Her interest in history, including research of her 1770 farmhouse, led to her becoming the first female Recorder of Deeds for Cumberland County. The desire to do more resulted in her election to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in November 1990.
While representing her constituents in the House, she authored 18 laws to make life better for Pennsylvanians. These include expanding the state’s prescription drug benefit program to another 100,000 low-income older Pennsylvanians, preventing insurance companies from discriminating against domestic violence victims and establishing a “bill of rights” for HMO health care customers.
During her past 11 years in the Senate, Vance has continued to tackle complex issues. Many of the 25 laws she has authored have focused on protecting vulnerable populations, like children and those with physical and intellectual disabilities. She also has championed legislation to combat drug abuse and limit civil lawsuits.
Vance has received multiple awards during her tenure, including the President’s Award and Government Leader from the Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC, the Molly Pitcher Award from the Exchange Club of Carlisle, Friend of Penn State Legislative Award, Cumberland County Conservation District Legislator Award and the Outstanding Community Service Award from the Asian Indian Americans of Central Pennsylvania.
Vance’s district includes parts of Cumberland and York counties.