Patricia H. "Pat" Vance (R31) Cumberland and York (Part) Counties 2004-2016
Patricia H. "Pat" Vance, born March 19, 1936, Williamsport, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania; son of Frederick B. and Mary Huston Vance; William Penn High School, York, Pennsylvania, 1954; Harrisburg Hospital School of Nursing, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 1957; nurse; elected, Cumberland County Recorder of Deeds, 1978-1990; member, executive committee, Cumberland County Republican Committee; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 1990-2004; not a candidate for reelection, 2004; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, District 31, 2004-2016; married, Charles D. "Chuck" Vance; two sons, one deceased.
Charge Nurse, long-term assisted living facility, surgical pediatric nurse, Harrisburg Hospital.
Legislator Award, Cumberland County Conservation District, 2009; Advocate for Child Health Legislative Award, Pennsylvania State Education Association, 2008; Carlisle Area Citizen of the Year, Exchange Club of Carlisle, 2008; Distinguished Service to Families Award, Mid-Atlantic Council on Family Relations; Friend of Public Education Award, Council on Public Education; Outstanding Community Service Award, Asian Indian Americans of Central Pennsylvania; Public Policy and Advocacy Achievement Award, Central Pennsylvania Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation (Sen. Vance to deliver commencement keynote, 2009.
Elected, Republican, Cumberland County Recorder of Deeds, 1978-1990; first woman elected to that office. (Thompson, 2015).
Member, executive committee, Cumberland County Republican Committee.
Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 87th house district, 1990-2004; appointed, Pennsylvania Emergency Management Authority, 1991-1996; appointed, Select Committee on Rules Review, 1999; appointed, co-chair, Select Committee on Pharmaceuticals, 2000; not a candidate for reelection, 2004.
Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 31sth District, Cumberland and York (Part) Counties, 2004-2016; authored 25 laws, including: expanding the state’s prescription drug benefit program, preventing insurance companies from discriminating against domestic violence victims and establishing a “bill of rights” for HMO health care customers. Notable laws Vance supported include: Domestic Violence legislation [Act 24-1996], Tobacco Settlement [Act 55-2004] and PACE [Pharmaceutical Assistance Contract for the Elderly]. Retired from Senate November 30, 2016 (Vance Will Not Seek Re-election, 2015).
Committee assignments over her tenure: Advisory Committee, Cumberland and Perry Counties Domestic Violence Services; Keystones of Public Health Steering Committee; appointed, Capitol Preservation Committee, 2009-2016; Senate committee assignments, Appropriations, Communications and Technology (Vice Chairwoman), Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure, Finance, Public Health and Welfare (Chairwoman).
Pennsylvania House of Representatives Biography:
(2009, November 24). Sen. Vance to deliver commencement keynote. Penn State Harrisburg Latest News. https://harrisburg.psu.edu/news/sen-vance- deliver-commencement-keynote
(2015, November 19). Vance Will Not Seek Re-Election. Senator Vance. http://wallaby.telicon.com/PA/library/2015/2015111998.HTM
Bogden, S. (Ed.) (2015). The Pennsylvania Manual. (Vol. 122). Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Thompson, Charles. (2015, Nov. 19) Sen. Patricia Vance, a West Shore political mainstay, calls this her last term. PennLive. https://www.pennlive.com/midstate/2015/11/post_799.html
Former Senator and House Member, Pat Vance completed an interview for the House Archives Oral History project at the time of her retirement, 2016. Access it here: https://www.house.state.pa.us/bmc/archives/transcripts/Vance.pdf