Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Tammy Is Going To The White House!

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 University."

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


Cindy Hanson said...

Thanks for sharing her story! What an honor for her and your entire family!

Earl Hipp said...

What a great story. I'm so proud of her and all she has . . . and will accomplish. I'm glad to know a person from the same genetic pool as you is on the job. I'll add her name to my sheros list!

Karla Bisbee said...

Loved the picture of you and congrats to your sister.

Mark M said...


Congratulations to your sister, Tammy! What an honor for her to be chosen by the President! Also, thanks for the great pictures. I remember you talking to me about her living in Arizona, but I had never seen a picture of her. That's a great picture of you in 1971, too!

Hope things are going well for you and your Mother. Say hello to her from me.

Take care,


Ruona said...

Pretty awesome task and position. I wish her the best of luck.