In 2001, Dougherty was the Democratic nominee in a special election to fill the State Senate seat vacated by Lacy Clay when Clay was elected to Congress in November 2000. Dougherty won the election with nearly 84% of the vote. Upon his election to the Senate, Dougherty resigned his seat in the Missouri House of Representatives. He was succeeded by Mike Daus.
In 2002, Dougherty sought election to a full term in the State Senate. He was opposed by State Representative O.L. Shelton in the Democratic primary. Dougherty defeated Shelton in the primary election , and was unopposed in the general election
During his career in the Missouri House and Senate, Dougherty, a former social worker, has focused on issues impacting families and children. When the Democrats controlled the Missouri House, Dougherty served as chair of the Children, Youth and Families Committee.
THE Big BUILD; the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Has Brought in Internationally Known Environmental Artist Patrick Dougherty to Create a One-of-Kind Work Inspired by the Arboretum Itself
May 05, 2010; The "Big Build" has begun. Renowned environmental sculptor Patrick Dougherty this week is gathering raw materials and inspiration...
Sculptor's stick figures are larger than life; North Carolina eco-artist Patrick Dougherty's two-story willow creation will greet visitors this summer at the arboretum.(VARIETY)
May 05, 2010; Byline: LYNN UNDERWOOD; STAFF WRITER A pile of sticks is rising from the earth at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Patrick...