Pat is a fourteen-year member of the Berkeley County Board of Education. He was born in Elkins, WV but grew up in Berkeley Springs and Martinsburg, where he graduated from Martinsburg High in 1966. He enlisted and served honorably in the US Marine Corps (66 - 70) attaining the rank of sergeant. He graduated from Shepherd College with a bachelor's degree in elementary education (75) on the GI bill. He worked as a teacher's aide (73 - 75) and a classroom teacher in Berkeley County (75 - 00) and Jefferson County (00 - 05).
Pat served in the WV House of Delegates (83 - 90) and on the Berkeley County Commission (91 - 96). He serves his community as a volunteer photo instructor at the Martinsburg Boys/Girls Club (71 - present), the Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Committee, at the Martinsburg Veterans Administration Medical Center, Berkeley County Association of Retired School Employees, AARP, and the Berkeley County Chapter of the NAACP.