Trailblazing Out Legislator Patricia Todd Set to Retire After 12 Years in Alabama House

By Shane Stahl • April 5, 2018 • 10:55 am

Patricia Todd, the first openly gay legislator elected to office in the state of Alabama, has announced she will retire after serving 12 years in the Alabama House of Representatives.

In a speech on the House floor, Todd said that her colleagues are “incredible, beautiful people” who all treated her with equality, even though some she thought she “would never get along with or like.”

Todd first ran for office in 2006, winning 93% of the vote. She ran unopposed in 2010 and 2014.

During her time in office, Todd led an effort to add sexual orientation to Alabama’s existing hate crimes law, an effort that eventually did not advance in the House. She currently serves on three committees: the committee on constitution and elections, the committee on boards and commissions and the committee on Jefferson County legislation.

Todd has said she won’t be the last gay legislator in the state; one of the candidates for her seat is a gay former Marine.

Todd says as her legacy, she hopes she “opened up some hearts and minds.”

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