State Representative John Patterson is currently serving in his second term in the Ohio House of Representatives. A lifelong resident of the District, Representative Patterson retired in June, 2012 from teaching U.S. History at Jefferson Area High School for 29 years. During his time at Jefferson, Representative Patterson served as the Model United Nations advisor. In addition to winning numerous regional conferences, his teams also placed high at national conferences such as Harvard and the University of Chicago. In 1995, his team competed at the Hague International UN Conference held at Den Hague, Netherlands. During his time at Jefferson, Representative Patterson was active in the Jefferson Area Teachers' Association. He was the chief negotiator for his union from the late 1980's until his retirement. Representative Patterson received his Bachelor’s Degree from Marietta College and his Master's degree in Political Science, American Government from Ohio University. Representative Patterson earned his Ph.D. in Education from Kent State University. He has instructed undergraduate courses at Kent State and has also taught at the graduate level for Gannon University. Representative Patterson and his wife, Nancy, have been married 31 years and are the parents of Joshua and Jeremiah.