Patricia Horton: What qualified her for election and now re-election for Metropolitan Water Reclamation District

Who is Patricia Horton

Re-Elect Commissioner Patricia Horton. A resourceful leader with a diverse career portfolio, Patricia Horton is a natural born community advocate.
A resourceful leader with a diverse career portfolio, Patricia Horton is a natural born community advocate. Her wide-ranging background includes roles from Public Relations Director to Executive Director of a not-for-profit organization. Throughout her career, she has remained steadfast and passionate about helping others and providing a voice for those in need.

Believing that the quest for knowledge is a lifelong pursuit, Patricia studied at North Park University earning a B.A. in Organizational Management, obtained a Liberal Arts degree in Applied Science at Truman College and studied at DePaul University. Respectively she even found time to earn a technical certificate from the Illinois Medical Society.

With a drive to succeed and an unrelenting will, Patricia was a successful businesswoman even before obtaining a degree. As Public Relations Director for Tree of Life Ministries in Portland, Oregon and Faith Tabernacle Church in Chicago, her role was to develop programs for teachers, as well as to arrange seminars and conferences. Such initiatives provided opportunities for teachers to enhance their skills, resulting in more effective teaching methods and more scholastically successful students. Creating these programs and seminars was just one of many ways in which Patricia was able to reach out to communities in need during her tenure as Public Relations Director.

While traveling to Bangladesh under the sponsorship of the Women’s Self-Employment Project, Ms. Horton’s primary goal was to learn more about systems for providing bank loans to women starting their own business but came away with something more. Observing the impoverished poor that drank from the same water that domesticated animals bathed in and witnessing the resultant diseases ravishing the local population, Ms. Horton internalized, on a visceral level, the vital importance of clean water. She left Bangladesh vitalized with a new and deeply personal mission. Upon return to Chicago, she made a home for herself at the library absorbing any and all information on issues pertaining to water. With hindsight, her many and varied experiences could be viewed as preparation for the discovery of her true calling.

Patricia Horton was elected Commissioner of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago in 2006. As a Commissioner, Ms. Horton is responsible for writing policies and procedures that protect the health and safety of Cook County residents, protecting the quality and water supply source from Lake Michigan along with approving a budget of 1 billion dollars annually. In addition, she implemented procedures for proper disposal of prescriptions and over the counter medicines.

Committees:

Chairwoman of the Industrial Waste and Water Pollution Committee
Chairwoman of the Public Health and Welfare Committee
Chairwoman of the Information Technology Committee
Vice-Chair of the Affirmative Action Committee
Vice-Chair of the State Legislation and Rules Committee
Member of the State of Illinois Diabetes Commission
Board Member of the Community and Economic Development Association of Cook County, Inc. (CEDA)
Sponsor of the Maywood Tennis Association.

Mentorship:
Former County Board President Bobbie Steele, Congressman Danny K. Davis, Nobel Peace Prize winner Dr. Muhammad Yunus, and the late Lovana “Lou” Jones.

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