Pat will be the first openly LGBTQ member of Congress elected from Indiana!
Pat has spent four decades serving the people of Northern Indiana as teacher, attorney, and civic leader. Pat worked in the law firms of Barnes & Thornburg and Baker & Daniels, and served as in-house counsel for Holy Cross Health System/Trinity Health Corporation. Pat opened Hackett & Associates in 2006, where she practices estate planning, family law, health care law, and advocacy as a trial attorney. As an adjunct assistant professor in the Notre Dame Law School, former adjunct faculty at St. Mary’s College, and former teacher at Marian High School, she has contributed to the life of the community through her teaching.
Pat is an active civic leader, having served on several boards, including the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County, YWCA of St. Joseph County, and as a past President of Alzheimer’s Services of Northern Indiana and the Michiana Estate Planning Council. She was appointed to the Indiana Supreme Court
Committee on Character and Fitness, served as President of the Robert A. Grant Inn of Court, as well as served on the Indiana Advisory Board of the National Immigrant Justice Center, the Ethics Committee of Memorial Hospital of South Bend and the St. Joseph County Joint Health Care Ethics Advisory Committee.
Her depth of understanding and experience regarding ethics and justice is grounded in her work in the fields of theology, government, and law. Pat earned a B.A. in Government and Theology, an M.A. in Theology, and a J.D. from Notre Dame.