Former Alexandria, Virginia Mayor Patsy Ticer Dies

by Lee Hernly, Editor

Former Alexandria, Virginia Mayor Patsy Ticer, the first female mayor in the history of Alexandria, has passed away. The announcement was made this morning via Mayor Allison Silberberg’s newsletter.

Mayor Silberberg also posted the following on Facebook

Sad news about The Honorable Patsy Ticer

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,


After getting elected to the City Council in the 1980s, Ms. Ticer took over for Jim Moran as Alexandria mayor in 1991 after his election to Congress. Ms. Ticer was subsequently elected to the state senate in 1996.

As a resident, I can remember Ms. Ticer famously taking on Washington Redskins owner Jack Kent Cooke and his bid to build a stadium at Potomac Yard and for her taking on environmental issues as state senator, most famously the GenOn coal plant in Alexandria, Virginia. I also loved the fact that, even if she didn’t agree with you about some issue, she always listened.

What’s your favorite memory about former Mayor Ticer?

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