"P" is for Patterson, Gladys Elizabeth Johnston [b. 1939]

May 29, 2020

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"P" is for Patterson, Gladys Elizabeth Johnston [b. 1939]. Legislator. Congresswoman. After graduating from Columbia College, Patterson served as a public affairs officer with the Peace Corps and with VISTA in Washington, D.C. After a brief stint on the Spartanburg County Council, she was elected to the South Carolina Senat , serving from 1979 to 1986. In 1986, Patterson ran for Congress as a Democrat in the solidly Republican Fourth Congressional District--and won. In Congress she promoted budget reform and served on committees dealing with banking, veterans’ affairs, hunger, and international competitiveness. She lost her bid for re-election in 1992. Two years later she lost a race for lieutenant governor. Having already begun work as director of continuing education at Converse College, Gladys Elizabeth Johnston Patterson remained in that post after her defeat.