, Nevada , United States
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|Info||Patricia Anne Dillon Cafferata |
Daughter of former US Representative Barbara Vucanovich
Born in 1940 and attended Bishop Monogue High School in Reno; Mills College in Oakland, California; and Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon. She received a bachelor's degree from Lewis and Clark in 1963 with a major in elementary education and a law degree from Southwestern University School of Law in 1989. She is currently an attorney in Reno, Nevada.
Ms. Cafferata, a Republican, has long had an interest in politics; her mother is Barbara Vucanovich (R), one of Nevada's representatives to the U.S. Congress. In 1976 Ms. Cafferata unsuccessfully ran for Nevada State Treasurer. She was elected to the Nevada State Assembly for District 25 in 1978 and in 1982 was the first woman elected to the Nevada State Treasurer's office. Although virtually guaranteed reelection as Treasurer, she chose to run for Governor of Nevada in 1986 against Democrat Richard Bryan. After her election loss she entered Southwestern University College of Law, passing the Nevada bar exam in 1990. She ran for the office of District Attorney of Lyon County that same year but did not win. Two years later she was appointed to fill the vacant Lincoln County District Attorney's position. In 1998 Cafferata ran for District 25 Assembly seat but was defeated in the primary election. Cafferata currently has a private law practice in Reno.
In addition to her political interests, Ms. Cafferata has been active in many community organizations, including Doctors' Wives of Washoe County, the Reno-Sparks Chamber of Commerce, Washoe County Historical Society, St. Mary's Hospital Guild, Washoe Medical Center League, and Republican Women's Club of Reno.