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Patricia H. Vance



Session Office Position District Party
2005 31 Republican
2006 31 Republican
2007 31 Republican
2008 31 Republican
2009 31 Republican
2010 31 Republican
2011 31 Republican
2012 31 Republican
2013 31 Republican
2014 31 Republican
2015 31 Republican
2016 31 Republican
 Counties   Cumberland, York


03/19/1926 -

Patricia H. "Pat" Vance (R31) Cumberland and York (Part) Counties 2004-2016

Early Life: 

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.

Early Career: 

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.

Pennsylvania Politics:

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