Born in Darlington County on January 11, 1931, Kay Patterson represented the 19th District in the South Carolina Senate from 1985 until his retirement in 2008. Senator Patterson also served in the South Carolina House of Representatives from 1975 through 1985. He was the first African-American to sit on the University of South Carolina’s Board of Trustees since Reconstruction.
Senator Patterson attended Claflin College and Allen University where he received an undergraduate degree in Social Studies. Senator Patterson also attended Temple University, NDEA Institute in Black History at Atlanta University and South Carolina State College, where he received his Masters in Education in 1971. Senator Patterson is active in his community and is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and Edisto Lodge No. 39 Prince-Hall Masons.
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