is an American politician
who represented district 26 in the Maryland House of Delegates
and is a past chairman of the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland
Patterson born in Lancaster, South Carolina
on March 7, 1938. He attended Johnson C. Smith University
in Charlotte, North Carolina
where he earned a B.S. in biology in 1965. Patterson earned a master's degree at the University of Florida
in public administration in 1971. He is a member of the Board of Trustees at Johnson C. Smith University. Polemarch
, Kappa Alpha Psi
Fraternity, Inc., 1993-94. Member, Pi Sigma National Honor Society. Life member, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Member, Roscoe C. Cartwright Prince Hall Masons, Lodge #129. President, Apple Grove-Squire Woods Civic Association, 1993-94. Board of Directors, Prince George's Volunteer Action Center. Award, United Negro College Fund. Award for Outstanding Service in Politics, Prince George's County Educators' Association, 1999. Patterson has three children.
In the legislature
Patters was a member of House of Delegates from January 11, 1995 to January 10, 2007. He has served as: Assistant Majority Leader, 2006-07. Member, Commerce and Government Matters Committee, 1995-98 (vice-chair, transportation subcommittee, 1995-98); Special Committee on Rail Mergers, 1997; Ways and Means Committee, 1999-2007 (education subcommittee, 1999-2000; tax & revenue subcommittee, 2001-03; chair, election law subcommittee, 2003-07); Joint Committee on Protocol, 1999-2007; Joint Committee on the Selection of the State Treasurer, 2003. Deputy Majority Whip, 2003-05. Member, Joint Committee on Children, Youth, and Families, 2003-07; Rules and Executive Nominations Committee, 2004-07. Chair, County Affairs Committee, Prince George's County Delegation, 1999-2007. During his entire tenure in the General Assembly, Patterson was a member of the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland
(formerly Maryland Legislative Black Caucus), and was its treasurer from 1998 to 2002 and its chairman from 2002 to 2004).