State Rep. Pat Boy

State Representative Patricia (Pat) Boy was first elected to the Indiana House of Representatives on Nov. 6, 2018.

My parents always stressed education and hard work, stressing the fact that if one can read well, one can achieve anything: education is never wasted. Pat attended college with a state scholarship based on grades and need. She worked all through college to pay for books and supplement her tuition. Pat earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English.

Pat has been a union worker herself, as well as a manager. She was also a small business owner for nearly 30 years: Pat and her husband operated a secretarial/data management business in their home from 1988 until just after his death in 2016.

When her husband was seriously injured in a car accident that left him a quadriplegic, Pat learned firsthand about the desperate need for safety nets like Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. Just trying to navigate the system was at times a nightmare. For many years afterwards, the couple would have to annually verify that he was STILL permanently disabled. The process would have been an even bigger nightmare without the initial help the couple received from Human Resources at his former employer.

Her husband was often hospitalized. Some of these hospitalizations were lengthy and extensive. When the Affordable Care Act became law, he was finally eligible for a Medicare supplement policy. This enabled the couple to catch up on medical bills, and before his death in 2016, they finally paid all the collection agencies.

Boy's experience includes budget, economic development, community development, and labor negotiations. She has written resolutions and ordinances, and organized forums and town-hall style meetings. Pat worked on the Code Review Committee for several years to overhaul the Michigan City Municipal Code, finding and fixing errors and omissions—a process which should be done every ten years.

Boy has worked with both Democrats and Republicans as a member of the Better Government Study Group, which hosts educational forums on government in LaPorte County. Pat also served on a non-profit board for many years, as a representative to the Drug-Free Partnership.

Boy is a current member and past president of both the nonpartisan League of Women Voters of LaPorte County and the Rotary Club of Michigan City. She has been a supporter and is now a full member of the LaPorte County Chapter of the NAACP. Boy is also a graduate of both the Adult Leadership and Advanced Leadership Classes of Leadership LaPorte County.

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