Patty was born in Minnetonka, and has been a resident of this House district for more than 40 years. She is a graduate of Hopkins High School, and went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in natural resource management from the University of Minnesota. After college, she worked for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in northwestern Minnesota in a variety of capacities, and then for Hennepin County Environmental Services. She is married to her husband Craig of 21 years, and they have two teenage boys currently attending Hopkins High school and Macalester College in St. Paul. Her mother Marge Wright also lived with their family for 13 years until her passing last September.
A current at-large Minnetonka City Council member since 2012, Patty actively serves on a number of local boards & committees including initiatives affiliated with both the Hopkins and Minnetonka school districts, local nonprofits, and environmental organizations. In addition, she represents her community's interests on policy committees at the regional, state and national levels, including her appointment by Governor Mark Dayton to the governing body of the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources.