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Democratic Birth Date: 06/22/50

Indiana House District 9 extends south from the dunes and beach communities along Lake Michigan to a succession of farm towns along U.S. 421. In between is its largest city, Michigan City, which enjoyed a higher profile in the Indiana House for most of the past decade because it was represented by Scott Pelath, vocal leader of the House Democratic caucus. Pelath left the legislature in 2018 and was succeeded by Patricia “Pat” Boy, a Michigan City Councilwoman.

Boy was one of four women to succeed men in the House Democratic caucus, making it the first majority female caucus ever in the Indiana General Assembly. Though softer spoken and lesser known than Pelath, Boy had a compelling story. An automobile accident left her husband a quadriplegic, leaving her to run their family business while navigating the health care system and paying his medical bills; he died in 2016.

In a candidate questionnaire published in the Chesterton Tribune before the 2018 primary, Boy said she was campaigning on themes of social, economic and environmental justice – specifically, “good jobs, training and workers’ rights; gun safety (not ‘taking away your guns’); affordable health care; living wages; election reform; redistricting reform; support for education and educators; environmental protection; and the drug epidemic.’’ Her legislative efforts during her first term included many of those issues and others on most progressive agendas – bills that would increase teacher pay, legalize medical marijuana, repeal right-to-work, require voting by mail and include mention of gender identity and sexual orientation in the state’s hate crimes law.

Though Democrats increased their numbers in 2018, Republicans still enjoy a 2-to-1 supermajority, and none of Boy’s bills made it out of committee. Another of her first-term bills, also a non-starter, would have established a commission to reform redistricting; during her campaign, Boy decried gerrymandering as resulting in “districts that do not correctly represent the population and discourage voter participation because they are not competitive. Voters should choose their representatives, not the other way around.’’

With urban, suburban and rural populations, Boy’s district might shape up as one of the more competitive in the legislature; in the 2016 election, it included a mix of Clinton and Trump precincts. Democrats, however, have held the district since 1986; Pelath was unopposed in his last two runs for reelection. Elected with 60% of the vote in 2018, Boy was the only candidate in either primary in 2020, but a late Republican entry was added to the ballot before the June 30 deadline; Boy won a second term by 3,500 votes. — Kevin Morgan


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  • BA, English, DePaul University, Chicago, IL, 1968-1973


Elections and Apportionment; Family, Children and Human Affairs; Interstate and International Cooperation.


SB 198-2019 (Sentencing, bias crimes). Allowed longer sentences in crimes based on personal characteristics, stripped of references to sexual orientation, gender identity and race. No

SB 516-2019 (Regulation of hemp). Allowed cultivation and regulation of hemp products in Indiana, did not change marijuana laws. Yes

HB 1001-2019 (State budget). Set funding for state agencies and services, including 2.5% annual increases for education, though not directly for teacher salaries. No

HB 1004-2019 (School safety). Increased access to funding for security systems and resource officers, was stripped of provisions for mental health screening. Yes

HB 1015-2019 (Various gaming matters). Allowed sports betting statewide and table games in more casinos, relocated a casino in Gary and authorizing a new one in Terre Haute. Yes

SB 1-2020 (Tobacco and vaping). Raised from 18 to 21 the legal age to buy tobacco or vaping products in Indiana. Yes

SB 148-2020 (Zoning and housing matters). Was amended to overrule local tenant protection measures like those in Indianapolis, Bloomington and Merrillville. Vetoed by governor. No

HB 1004-2020 (Health matters). Controlled surprise billing for out-of-network and other costs. No

HB 1070-2020 (Distracted driving). Made it an infraction to handle a cell phone while operating a motor vehicle. Yes

HB 1414-2020 (Electric generation). Prohibited utilities from closing coal-fired generating plants without permission from the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission. No


Indiana Association of Realtors, $500

Indiana Trial Lawyers Association, $500

Patricia A Boy, $335.55

Indiana Credit Union League, $300

Indiana Bankers Association, $300


Indiana Manufacturers Association Positions 38
Indiana Manufacturers Association Lifetime Positions 38
Indiana Chamber of Commerce Positions (4 Year Average) 50
Indiana Chamber of Commerce Positions 50
LEAP Forward Positions (Indianna) 100
Citizens Action Coalition of Indiana Positions 100
Citizens Action Coalition of Indiana Lifetime Positions 100
National Rifle Association Candidate Positions on Gun Rights 0
Advance America Positions 0


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Population: 64,871

Race/Ethnic Origin: 77.9% white, 16.9% black, 0.8% Asian, 1.9% other, 2.5% two or more; 75.3% white non-Hispanic, 5% Hispanic.