toddIn 2006, the Victory Fund helped elect  Patricia Todd as the first openly LGBT elected official in Alabama. Now, after her first term, Todd has been named 2008’s Freshman Legislator of the Year by the Alabama House Democratic Caucus.

In presenting the award, Rep. Ken Guin, majority leader of the House, spoke of Todd’s “passion for the people she serves — particularly those in poverty — and the issues that face her District.”

Rep. Todd has won bipartisan support and praise for her work in establishing Alabama’s first Poverty Task Force and for her sponsorship of a permanent Alabama Poverty Commission.  Her efforts and leadership in this work has spurred the creation of numerous legislative initiatives including a bill that she will introduce in the coming session that dedicates a State funding source for public transportation and another calling for the creation of the state’s first Affordable Housing Trust Fund.

In addition to these bills, Representative Todd remains committed to improving the lives of those in her District.  “Despite how frustrating the work can be at times,” she noted, “I have no doubt that we are making progress.  I am honored by this recognition and remain committed toward building coalitions in Montgomery while bringing viable solutions to the table for those I am privileged to serve.”