Sen. Patsy Ticer Announces Her Retirement
RICHMOND – Alexandria Democrat Patsy Ticer received a standing ovation from her colleagues today as she announced her retirement from the Virginia Senate.
"I finally have come to the end of the line. I do not intend to run again. It’s hard for me to imagine what my life will be like not being in a public office, but I look forward to this new challenge," said Ticer, who represents the city of Alexandria and parts of Arlington and Fairfax Counties.
The senator became slightly tearful as she delivered her announcement and reflected on her tenure in the Senate.
"In my years in Richmond, it's been wonderful to see the evolution of family care in Virginia," she said.
First elected to the Senate in 1996, Ticer has been known as a compassionate advocate for Virginia families and children. In Richmond, she has worked on legislation and policies that provide families with the best educational environment, health care, and child care standards available.
Ticer's legislation has included measures to test infants for Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia (CAH), a developmental disorder that can result in the death of a newborn child, and require hearing tests for all infants. She has also passed legislation to provide insurance coverage for prosthetics. Ticer also led the charge to change the name of the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services from its former name of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Department .
Several of Ticer's Senate colleagues bid her a fond farewell Thursday afternoon on the Senate floor.
"Senator Ticer will truly be missed in the Senate. She is an exceptional legislator. She's been loyal all the way through and has done some terrific work. Always, gracious, always polite, she's a wonderful friend," said Virginia Senate Democratic Caucus Chair Mary Margaret Whipple.
"When Patsy came down to Richmond, she was already well known as a pioneer for women in politics. She has persevered on her beliefs for education, healthcare and the environment. I want to thank her for her grace and wisdom," said Sen. Janet Howell, D-Reston.
Ticer has an extensive record of public service. In 1991, she became the first woman to serve as mayor of Alexandria and also served on Alexandria City Council. She also served on the board of a number of organizations including Virginia's Transportation Coordinating Council, Northern Virginia Transportation Commission and the United Way.