Patrick Hickey (politician)

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Patrick T. "Pat" Hickey (born August 17, 1950) is an American politician and a Republican member of the Nevada Assembly representing Assembly District 25 in Washoe County.[1] In 2009 his autobiography, Tahoe Boy: A Journey Back Home was published by Seven Locks Press of Cabin John, Maryland.[2][3]

Hickey was born in Carson City, Nevada.[4] As a young man he refused induction into the United States military during the Vietnam War, dropped out of college, and travelled through Canada as a "hippie." Soon after this he joined the Unification Church of the United States which at that time had only recently been founded.[2] Hickey worked in the Unification Church as a state leader and regional spokesperson. In 1978 he was matched with his wife, Shin Myung-hee of South Korea, by church founder Sun Myung Moon. They were married in 1982 in a Blessing ceremony of the Unification Church, held in Madison Square Garden in New York City, along with over 2000 other couples. They now have four grown children.[2]

Hickey moved to Nevada in the 1990s and worked as a reporter as well as founding a house painting company. In 1996 he was elected to the Nevada State Assembly and served for one term. In 2010 he ran again and was elected. He is a member of the Republican Party and has advocated conservative positions on taxation and immigration. He is now a member of the Roman Catholic Church, in which he was originally raised.[1]


  1. ^ a b Hickey back in Assembly after 14-year hiatus, Las Vegas Review-Journal, January 17, 2010
  2. ^ a b c Nevadan recounts his life as wandering son, Las Vegas Review-Journal, December 15, 2009
  3. ^ Susan Skorupa, "Memoir recalls writer's life in area religion", Reno Gazette-Journal, July 26, 2009
  4. ^ Legislative biography

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