The Gardner Family: Ida and Bradley Gardner (son) with Ella and Dylan; Pat and her husband of 41 years Jerry Gardner; Anita (daughter) and Alain Cortadillo with Isabella.

About Pat

  • Pat Gardner has served our community in the State House of Representatives for 13 years
• Wife, Mother, and Grandmother
• Former teacher and businesswoman
• Consistent, reliable, solution oriented leader

Committee Assignments

  • Appropriations
• Transportation
• Higher Education
• Natural Resources & Environment
• Appropriations Committee’s Health Subcommittee

Leadership in the House

  • Treasurer of the Working Families Caucus
• Chair of the Study Committee on Mental Health of the Fulton County Delegation
• Past Chair of Women’s Legislative Caucus
•,
Health Committee of National Conference of State Legislators
• Appointed by the Governor to the Health Insurance Exchange Advisory Committee

Recognitions

Mental Health Association,
Georgia Conservation Voters,
Women’s Policy Council, AADD, Georgia Breast Cancer Coalition, Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network, St. Judes


Legislative Priorities

  • Healthcare: ensure access and affordability of healthcare
•Transportation/Transit: reduce congestion, enhance MARTA’s funding sources, and the development of a regional transit system in the metro area
• Job Creation: support skill-building to ensure Georgians are prepared for good jobs and invest in infrastructure that grows our economy
• Education: assure adequate funding for our schools

Background on Pat

As a wife, mother, association executive and former teacher, Pat has lived in the Morningside neighborhood for more than 40 years with her husband and two children.

As the Executive Director of the Georgia Psychological Association, she had 30 years of experience in what it takes to run a small business. She also knows how to build coalitions to help advance public awareness and generate results on issues important to our health and our neighborhoods.

Pat has served on the Board of the Morningside/Lenox Park Association. She has also served on the Boards of the League of Women Voters, the Learning Disabilities Association of Georgia, the Mental Health Services Coalition, Project Interconnections, the Besser Foundation, and Georgians for Choice. She is a member of the Midtown Atlanta Rotary Club, Leadership Atlanta and a graduate of the Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership(IGEL).


Legislative Activities

Healthcare. Pat works tirelessly to ensure that healthcare coverage is available to all of Georgians and, most recently, to ensure appropriate implementation of the Affordable Care Act including expansion of Medicaid. Before the Affordable Care Act was passed by Congress, Pat introduced The “Peach Care for All Children Act”, a bipartisan effort that would authorize the Department of Community Health to draw additional federal dollars through Medicaid and the current State Children’s Health Insurance Program (S-CHIP or PeachCare), would use the buying power of government in negotiating reasonable premiums with insurance carriers for any child who is not insured through the parent’s employer, regardless of income level. During the most recent sessions, Pat’s energy focused on consolidating government by working to eliminate duplications in eligibility processes for Medicaid and PeachCare and the dual insurance administration of health insurance programs.

Transportation/Transit. As a member of the Transportation Committee of the House, Pat led the effort to make MARTA a part of a Metro Regional Transit Authority and to eliminate outdated language limiting the use of the tax dollars raised in Fulton and DeKalb Counties and the City of Atlanta.

Mental Health. As Chair of the Study Committee on Mental Health of the Fulton County Delegation of the House, Pat and the committee are looking for ways to help improve the coordination of services in the County. Services are currently provided in a variety of settings including Grady Hospital, the county health department, and community health centers. A system of care for county residents could enhance the quality of treatment available and the availability of state and federal funds.