Patricia H. Vance was born March 19, 1936 in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. She graduated from William Penn High School and Harrisburg Hospital School of Nursing, R.N.
She was elected to represent the 31st State Senatorial District in 2004, replacing retiring Senator Harold Mowery. She was a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from 1990 to 2004, representing the 87th House District.
She served as Cumberland County Recorder of Deeds from 1978 to 1990. Prior to elective office she was a surgical pediatric nurse.
Senator Vance retired from the PA Senate on November 30, 2016.
She resides in Silver Springs Township, Cumberland County.