Pat has always strived to find ways to serve her community. Married for over 50 years to Marine Vet Roger, Pat volunteered for countless organizations during her time as a Marine wife. She also pursued her own career, recently retiring after 30 years as a medical equipment sales representative. Pat served as an Emerald Isle Town Commissioner, a Carteret County Commissioner and is currently in her 8th term in the North Carolina House of Representatives.
Pat is a leader in the State House, serving as a Chair or Co-Chair on numerous committees including Appropriations, Agriculture and Natural & Economic Resources, and Environment.
Pat is passionate about protecting the interests of her District and in particular the tourism industry and agricultural industries. Furthermore, Pat has been a champion for the innocent unborn and spearheaded legislation to protect the rights of both mother and child.