I was born and raised in Catonsville and much of my childhood was spent growing up within the district I now represent. I'm lucky to have called the Southwest side of Baltimore County home for the majority of my life and it is an honor to represent district 44b in the Maryland General Assembly.
I was locally educated in the district at Woodbridge Elementary School in Catonsville and Sudbrook Magnet Middle School in Lochern. In 2001 I graduated from Mt. St. Joseph High school in Baltimore City. I believe that my public/private school experience provided me more than an academic education. I came away with a life experience that exposed me to different cultures, perspectives, and empathy that influences my actions and assists me in making informed decisions.
After graduation from high school I enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and served four years in the infantry with the 1st Battalion 8th Marine Regiment from 2001-2005. During that time I served two combat tours in Iraq and a humanitarian mission in Liberia. In December of 2004 I received a combat promotion to the rank of corporal for actions rendered during the Battle of Fallujah in November of 2004.
After completing my active duty service I enrolled in Towson University utilizing the GI Bill to further my education. As a student I advocated for the expansion of support services for returning military students and formed the Student Veterans Group of Towson University. I graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Political Science, Religious Studies, and Philosophy in the spring of 2010. Upon graduation I was hired as the first Director of Veterans Services at Towson University subsequently running the Department that I helped create as a student.
I served as the Director of the Department of Veterans Services for six years. In the Fall of 2016 I moved on from Towson to found The Rostrum, a consulting firm with the goal of providing professional training and guidance related to the recruitment, retention, and training of Veterans in the public and private sector. I currently reside in the Academy Heights neighborhood in Catonsville with my wife Meghan and young son Tristan.
Serving as an elected member of the Maryland General Assembly representing district 44b has been one of the great honors of my life. With your help and advocacy I hope to continue that service and work with my colleagues in the legislature to make 44b, and Maryland, as strong as they can be.
Pat’s memberships and professional associations include the following:
- Regional Revitalization Work Group (2015-Present)
- Maryland Medicaid Advisory Committee (2015-Present)
- National Eagle Scout Association (NESA) (2010-Present)
- Member of the Board of Directors for The 6th Branch, an active veteran led community service organization in Baltimore City (2008-Present)
- Commissioner representing Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans on the Maryland Veterans Commission (2009-2016)
- Co-chair of the Maryland College Collaboration for Student Veterans (2010-2015)
- A voting member of the Institutional Review Board for the University of Maryland College Park (2010-2015)