The health care community in Pennsylvania stands to lose an influential legislative voice that has helped shape state laws for the past 11 years.
Today, Sen. Pat Vance (R-Cumberland) announced that she will not seek re-election for the 31st Senatorial District, which covers portions of Cumberland and York counties. She has served as a state senator since 2005.
“My time as an elected official has been extremely rewarding,” Vance said. “Not only have I been given the opportunity to impact a community, for which I care deeply, but I’ve also been given the opportunity to work with a number of very bright and capable individuals who I now call friends.”
During her time as a state senator, Vance authored 25 laws, with bills focusing on issues such as protection for children and the physically and intellectually disabled, as well as combating drug abuse and limiting civil lawsuits.
Recently, Vance called for giving nurse practitioners the ability to practice without a collaborating physician, a concept that would make Pennsylvania a full practice authority state.
Over the summer, as the chairwoman of the Senate’s Public Health and Welfare Committee, Vance announced a series of public hearings addressing gaps in mental health care.
Prior to joining government, Vance worked as a registered nurse in a variety of specialties including pediatric, private duty and charge nurse at a nursing home.
Vance’s interest in history is what led her to become the first female Recorder of Deeds in Cumberland County.
Her political career began from there. Vance was elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 1990.
As a state representative, Vance authored 18 laws, including bills expanding the state’s prescription drug benefit program, preventing insurance companies from discriminating against domestic violence victims and establishing a “bill of rights” for HMO customers.