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RIP Former Alexandria Mayor, Virginia State Senator Patsy Ticer


Sad news from Alexandria Mayor Allison Silberberg; my deepest condolences to former Alexandria Mayor (1991-1996) and Virginia State Senator (1996-2012) Patsy Ticer’s family and friends…

It is with profound sorrow that I share the news that Patsy Ticer has passed away. It is difficult to imagine a time when Patsy, our former Mayor/former State Senator, was not deeply involved in our community. Starting in the mid-1980s, Patsy served on the City Council, then became Mayor and then State Senator.

I have often introduced Patsy as the most beloved person in our city, and she was that and so much more. She was a rock star. Everywhere we went, citizens wanted to come over and speak with her. Patsy was a remarkably energetic and visionary public servant.

For me, Patsy was a touchstone and mentor, as she was to so many others. She was always very encouraging with a big heart and endlessly astute, witty, and generous. I will miss her all the days of my life. Her life was a blessing to so many of us and to our beloved, historic city.

Our hearts go out to the whole Ticer family during this time of sorrow. At this point, I do not know the funeral arrangements.

Thinking of Patsy and her loved ones,


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And from her successor in the State Senate, Adam Ebbin:

Saddened to hear that former Senator Patsy Ticer of Alexandria passed away overnight. Her grace, charm, and humility were unparalleled.

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  • Alexandria Vice Mayor Justin Wilson (@justindotnet): “Very saddened to learn of the passing of our former Mayor and Senator Patsy Ticer. Our community is much stronger for her service. RIP”

    Sen. Chap Petersen: “Very sad to hear the news of Patsy Ticer passing away this morning. Patsy was the Mayor of Alexandria when I moved there in 1994 and already a local icon. (I impressed my girlfriend, now wife, by taking her on Patsy’s “riverboat cruise” fundraiser in 1995). Having served with Patsy in the Senate years later, I can confirm she was a classy lady beloved by all, the ultimate Virginia gentlewoman.”

    Former Del. Kris Amundson: “There will be many memories of Patsy Ticer shared today. She was a hard-working senator who loved the city of Alexandria. She also had a wicked sense of humor and an explosive laugh – she took the work seriously, but she never took herself seriously. I will miss her.”

  • From State Sen. Adam Ebbin:

    Statement from State Senator Adam P. Ebbin (D-Alexandria) on the Passing of Former State Senator Patsy Ticer
    Former Councilmember, Mayor, and State Senator, passed away overnight.

    For decades, Alexandria and Virginia benefited from Senator Patsy Ticer’s strong voice and leadership.

    As a trailblazing public servant and Alexandria’s first woman Mayor, Patsy Ticer served as a passionate advocate for for the health, education, and welfare of children, the protection of animals, and the preservation of Virginia’s natural beauty.

    Her grace, charm, and humility were unparalleled.

    Senator Ticer’s steadfast support for the rights of women and girls and her encouragement of women seeking leadership roles in public life will be part of her enduring legacy.

    Ebbin succeeded Senator Ticer as a member of the Virginia Senate in 2012.

  • DPVA Statement on Death of Former Senator Patsy Ticer

    RICHMOND, Va. – Democratic Party of Virginia Chairwoman Susan Swecker today issued the following statement on the death of former State Senator Patsy Ticer, who also served as mayor of Alexandria:

    “As the first woman to serve as mayor of Alexandria, Patsy Ticer was a trailblazer. She served on the Alexandria City Council in the 1980s, at a time when too few women chose to enter the political arena. Patsy will long be remembered as a quiet but effective voice for children, for her constituents, for her city and for the Commonwealth. On behalf of our entire Democratic family, we extend our heartfelt condolences to all who knew and loved her.”

  • Sen. Scott Surovell: “Sorry to learn of the passing of Patsy Ticer today. An older Mt. Vernon Democrat who recently passed away once told me that he went to his first VA Democratic meeting at the Ticers in the 1960’s after moving here from New Orleans. He said he felt out of place with the nice furniture and china while strapping his sidearm, but he said he never went to a party meeting without his gun in Louisiana…. Patsy was an institution, was always very independent, and fought for her values in Northern Virginia for decades.”