SDLP Spokesperson on Employment and Learning
Pat at a glance:
A native of Derry, Pat is married to Chris and has one son and three daughters.
Before politics, Pat spent more than 20 years employed in community work. Through projects like Foyle Haven, a drop-in centre for alcoholics, he sought to improve the life of all those involved in the community.
Pat was a member of Derry City Council for 18 years and was elected as Mayor of Derry in 1999. He stood down from the council in June 2010.
Elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly in November 2003, Pat was appointed SDLP spokesperson on Culture, Arts and Leisure. Pat’s particular interests include social justice, the environment, economic rejuvenation and educational development.
Currently Pat sits on the Stormont Employment and Learning Committee and is party spokesperson on employment issues. He is also the SDLP party whip.