Washington, District of Columbia , United States
Jun 29, 2006 12:05am
|Info||Kathleen Patterson won the Democratic nomination for the Ward 3 Council seat in September, 1994. On the Council, she quickly earned a reputation as a tough-minded, independent legislator advocating fiscal responsibility, stronger public schools, and accountability from District officials. She served as chair of the Committee on Government Operations from 199'7 through 2000, and has led the Committee on the judiciary since January 2001, with oversight responsibility for public safety, emergency preparedness, criminal justice and legal affairs. |
Kathy came to Washington, D.C., from Kansas City, Missouri, in January 1977 to become a Washington correspondent for the Kansas City Star. A California native, she holds a degree in journalism from Northwestern University, and a master's in English literature from Georgetown University. When she sought office in 1994, she was working as communications director for the American Public Welfare Association.
As chair of the Committee on Government operations, she drafted the Omnibus Personnel Reform Act of 1998 to bring the District into the era of performance-based government. She was instrumental in creating the District of Columbia Labor-Management Partnership Council to bring the ideas of frontline workers into policy decisions. She has pressed for open, accessible government, with amendments to strengthen the District's Freedom of Information Act and whistleblower statute, and one of the nation's strongest disclosure laws on child fatalities.
Under her leadership since January zoos, the Judiciary Committee has focused attention on front-line public safety services. After September 11, 2001, the Committee focused on the District's emergency response plan, and pressed for federal support for needs such as hazmat training, protective gear, and technology upgrades. Working with the Williams Administration, the Committee produced the landmark Omnibus Anti-Terrorism Act of 2002, giving the District government added tools to prepare for and respond to potential terrorist acts. Kathy's other legislative accomplishments range from creating the new Office of Administrative Hearings scheduled to open its doors in 2003 to enactment of the "Safe Teenage Driving Amendment Act of 1999", one of the nation's most comprehensive graduated licensing systems for teen drivers.
Kathy lives in the Chevy Chase neighborhood with her husband, Dale Leibach; 16-year-old daughter Gillian, and 19 year-old son Patrick, now a freshman at Middlebury College.