Patricia A. Fahy was elected in November 2012 to represent the 109th Assembly District from the City of Albany, and the Towns of Bethlehem, Guilderland, and New Scotland. Pat successfully ran on a platform of education and jobs, bringing over two decades of experience at all three levels of government and extensive community service. Pat served as Associate Commissioner of Intergovernmental Affairs and Federal Policy for the stateís Department of Labor from 2007 to 2012. As lead advocate and liaison for the Departmentís federal and congressional relations, Pat advocated for federal funding for New York in the economic stimulus package, extended unemployment benefits, grant proposals, and youth training initiatives. While at the Department of Labor, Pat served as co-chair of the Disconnected Youth Work Group of Gov. Patersonís Childrenís Cabinet from 2009 through 2010. In December 2005, Pat completed a four-year term as a citywide elected member of the Albany Board of Education, in which she was unanimously elected by the school board to serve as President in 2003. Before moving to Albany in 1997, she served as Executive Director of the business-led Chicago Workforce Board, overseeing Chicagoís workforce-related programs. Prior to her work in Chicago, Pat spent over nine years in Washington, DC, in a number of capacities, including:
- Serving in the Clinton Administration as the Associate Director for Employment and Training, in the U.S. Department of Laborís Congressional Affairs Office headed by Secretary Robert Reich.
- Senior legislative analyst in the U.S. House of Representatives, for the Labor Committeeís Subcommittee on Employment.
- Legislative assistant in the U.S. Senate, for the Committee on Health, Education and Laborís Subcommittee on Employment, then chaired by Sen. Paul Simon (D-IL).
- President Management Intern (PMI), competitively selected in 1985 for a two-year federal agency appointment.