Patti Minter is the Kentucky State Representative of District 20 in Warren County. Patti grew up playing on her family’s east Tennessee farm, where her father still raises beef cattle and field crops. Her mother was a teacher who became a homemaker, and her grandmother began her teaching career...Read more
Patti Minter is the Kentucky State Representative of District 20 in Warren County. Patti grew up playing on her family’s east Tennessee farm, where her father still raises beef cattle and field crops. Her mother was a teacher who became a homemaker, and her grandmother began her teaching career in a one-room schoolhouse. Spending time at the farm with her dad and helping him with cattle taught Patti the value of hard work. Outside the farm, Patti’s first job as a teen was at a local Wendy’s, where she worked with folks who were struggling to just get by on minimum wage. Growing up in that small town, she saw how hard people were willing to fight to care for their loved ones, whether that meant rising before dawn to feed cattle or working long hours for little pay in a fast food restaurant. She also saw the volunteer work her mom did every day to serve her tight-knit community. Patti’s mom showed her that public service is not about one person – it’s about all of us.
Patti is proud to be a product of public schools, from rural elementary schools and high school, to public universities, and now as an educator at a public university that creates incredible opportunities for her students. She received a Bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Tennessee and a Master’s degree and Doctorate in History from the University of Virginia. After moving to Bowling Green over two decades ago, she started teaching History at Western Kentucky University.
When Patti made Bowling Green home, she didn’t do it alone. She’s been married to her husband Michael for thirty years. They have one son, Alex, who attends Bowling Green’s excellent public schools. Together, they love to travel, cook, host friends, enjoy concerts and musicals, and play with their adorable cats, Thor and the rescued Matilda and Felix.
At WKU, Patti was the first-ever chair of the WKU University Senate from 2000 to 2001, where she was committed to ensuring that teachers had a say in the decisions that affected their classrooms. In 2007, her colleagues elected her as Faculty Regent on the WKU Board of Regents, the highest governing body at the university, where she served for seven years. As an elected member, Patti worked across the aisle with people from all different walks of life; listened to the concerns of faculty, staff, and student constituents; and did her best to share their stories with fellow board members so that they knew how their decisions would affect the campus community. She now continues to fight for her colleagues as chair of the Faculty Welfare Committee. Patti has also shown her commitment in leading the fight for a Fairness ordinance in Bowling Green since the start of the Bowling Green Fairness movement in 2011. Patti also serves as Secretary of the Board of Directors for the ACLU of Kentucky.
To learn more about Patti, visit pattiminterforky.comRead Less