Today, LGBTQ Victory Fund – the only national organization dedicated to electing LGBTQ people to public office – endorsed Pat Hackett’s campaign for Congress. The endorsement signals Victory Fund’s confidence that Hackett is well-positioned to be a strong voice for equality once elected. Hackett would be the only openly LGBTQ member of Congress from Indiana if she wins her race.

“LGBTQ Victory Fund is pleased to endorse Pat Hackett for Congress,” said Mayor Annise Parker, President & CEO of LGBTQ Victory Fund. “Pat’s commitment to dignity and justice for all and policies that address the real concerns of constituents make her the best candidate to represent Indiana’s 2nd District. When she wins in November, Pat will become a vital LGBTQ voice for Hoosiers and all Americans.”

“I am honored to receive this endorsement,” Hackett said. “LGBTQ persons and their families, here in Indiana and around the country, are facing increasing workplace and housing discrimination day-in and day-out, yet we have an administration in the White House and a representative in Congress who oppose equal rights for LGBTQ Americans. I am running for Congress because I know that every American has a right to equality and justice.”

LGBTQ people remain severely underrepresented in government nationwide – holding just 0.15% of elected positions despite representing at least 4.5% of the U.S. population, according to Gallup. As an openly LGBTQ leader, Hackett will be an unwavering voice for equality in the halls of Congress. Her priorities in office will include health care for all, fair and living wages, environmental protections and campaign finance reform.

Victory Fund will promote Hackett’s endorsement among its hundreds of thousands of supporters nationwide. More information about Victory Fund can be found at

Pat Hackett graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a B.A. in Government and Theology, an M.A. in Theology and a J.D. from the law school where she now serves as an adjunct professor. Since 2006, Pat has owned and operated her own firm Hackett & Associates in South Bend. Pat is an active civic leader, having served on several boards in St. Joseph County including the YWCA, the Community Foundation, and as a previous President of the Alzheimer’s Services of Northern Indiana and the Robert A. Grant Inn of Court. She also serves on the Indiana Advisory Board of the National Immigrant Justice Center and the Indiana Supreme Court Committee on Character and Fitness.
Pat makes her home with her spouse, Rita, in South Bend.

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