Some of my longtime readers remember my little sister, Tammy. In fact, when I first got hurt and there was a flu epidemic going on in Worthington, and no visitors were allowed into the hospital, especially small children. Back then they would not let young people in to visit sick family and friends, but my doctor had an order on my chart to make sure they let my three-year-old sister, Tammy, into see me whenever mom brought her to the hospital, which was every day.
Tammy was just a couple weeks short of her third birthday when I got hurt in 1971. I am attaching my all-time favorite picture showing my brother, Rick's dogs, my cute little sister and me just weeks before I got hurt.
Now, all these years later, Tammy has been appointed by President Obama as one of the ten commissioners to serve on the Presidential Commission on Election Administration. You may read the official press release by clicking here.
I will skip ahead a bit and give you her biography directly from the press release:
"Tammy Patrick, Appointee for Member, Presidential Commission on Election Administration
Tammy Patrick is currently a Federal Compliance Officer for the
Maricopa County Elections Department in Arizona. In 2013, she became a
voting member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers’
working group on developing standards for a universal format for
election results reporting. She is also a representative on the
Mailer’s Technical Advisory Committee to the U.S. Post Office and serves
as the co-chair of the Postal Task Force for the Election Center. She
has previously served as a member of the Election Assistance
Commission’s working group on Language Assistance for Unwritten
Language, as an organizer of the 2007 Native American Voter Outreach
Summit, and as a member of the Election Center’s National Task Force on
Education and Training. Ms. Patrick received her B.A. from Purdue
Have I said yet how proud I am of her? Our little Tammy is all grown up. She has a very impressive resume, at least from my perspective which might be a little bit biased. Here is Tammy today, as she prepares for frequent trips to Washington, DC to meet and advise the president and Congress on election reform and making sure everyone has the right and opportunity to vote.
It is a daunting task, but one I am sure she is up for as she has shown to this point in her career.
Congratulations, Tammy! I know you will do a good job, and make a difference in who knows how many people's lives? Have I said yet how proud I am of you?
Today, Tammy lives in Phoenix with her husband Jeff Farias and their son, Max.
I look forward to your comments.
Big Brother Mike