|Patricia Ann Spearman|
|Member of the Nevada Senate
from the 1st district
November 7, 2012
|Preceded by||John Lee|
|Born||1955 (age 59–60)
|Residence||North Las Vegas, Nevada|
|Alma mater||Norfolk State University and Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest|
|Committees||Legislative Operations and Elections (Chair)
Government Affairs (Vice Chair)
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Years of service||1977-2007|
|Unit||Military Police Corps|
Patricia Ann "Pat" Spearman is an American cleric, veteran and politician from North Las Vegas, Nevada. She was elected in 2012 to the District 1 seat in the Nevada Senate as the Democratic nominee after defeating incumbent John Jay Lee. No Republican had filed to run in District 1 which is a solidly Democratic district. Her general election challenger was Gregory Hughes from the Independent American Party, she won with 68% of the vote.
Early life and career
Born in 1955 in Indianapolis, Indiana, Spearman earned a Bachelor of Science from Norfolk State University in Norfolk, Virginia before attending the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas, where she graduated with a Masters of Divinity. She is currently pursuing a PhD in business administration.
Spearman spent 29 years in the United States Army, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. She also served as faculty at the University of Louisville, where she was a lecturer in Pan American studies and director of the multicultural center between 2001 and 2005.
She is the founding pastor of Resurrection Faith Community Ministries, a church in North Las Vegas.
Spearman was first elected to public office in May 1991, when she won a seat on the San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District in Texas. She served one term on the board, during which she was elected board president. She did not seek re-election to a second term in 1994.
In 2012, Spearman challenged two-term incumbent senator John Lee, a conservative Democrat who had attracted the ire of several traditional Democratic constituencies, including environmental groups and gay rights activists. Those and other groups formed a progressive coalition in support of Spearman, mounting a vigorous campaign to defeat Lee in the Democratic primary. Although Lee far outraised Spearman, the incumbent lost badly in the Democratic primary election held in June 2012, taking 37% of the vote to Spearman's 63%.
Spearman is the first lesbian member of the Nevada Legislature. State senator David Parks was previously the only openly LGBT senator in Nevada. She now serves as one of five openly LGBT legislators, alongside Parks, Sen. Kelvin Atkinson, Assemblyman James Healey and Assemblyman Andrew Martin.
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