Last week, State Senator Patsy Ticer announced her retirement.
She has been involved in Virginia Democratic politics for a long time. She is an institution in the City of Alexandria.
Patsy previously served on the City of Alexandria City Council and as the first woman Mayor of Alexandria after Jim Moran was elected to Congress in 1991. In 1996, she was elected to the Senate of Virginia. My delegate district shares four precincts with Senator Ticer's district.
Patsy currently serves as Chairman of the Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources Committee. She has been a consistent voice for women, children, the environment, and progressive policies in the State Senate.
With her retirement our area will lose a reliable friend and ally for policies and programs that benefit the citizens of Mount Vernon and the U.S. 1 Corridor. Her steady presence and leadership will be missed.
Her successor will be selected sometime this fall. If a primary method of election is selected, it will take place on August 23.