Patricia Todd has socially and professionally advocated for public policies relevant to social justice, education, HIV/AIDS, and a wide range of issues affect the entire Birmingham community for over twenty years. Patricia was elected to the Alabama Legislature as the State Representative for House District 54 in November of 2006 as the first openly gay elected official in Alabama’s history.
She is now beginning her third term in the legislature and is a member of the Education Policy, Jefferson County Legislation, and Ways and Means Education legislative committees.
In addition to Representative Todd’s numerous community activities and awards, she was selected as the first UAB School of Public Health “Advocate of the Year”, UAB Outstanding Alumni, SMART Woman by The Women’s Fund, and the Billy Jack Gaither Award for her fight to ensure equality for LBGT Alabamians.
Recognized for her tenacity relative to poverty issues, Patricia is committed to focusing her legislative priorities on public policy issues that affect marginalized and underserved communities. She has sponsored legislation to expand employment non-discrimination to LGBT employees, raise the minimum wage, establishment of the Alabama Housing Trust Fund, and set maximum interest rates that pay day loan businesses can charge customers.
In addition to her legislative work, Patricia holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from UAB and professionally serves as the State Director of Human Rights Campaign Alabama. Her community work includes service on the Boards of the Greater Birmingham Humane Society, Leading Edge Institute, and is a graduate of Leadership Birmingham and Leadership Alabama.
Patricia’s friends refer to her as fearless because she never gives up and stands up for what is right to move Alabama forward.