Patricia Ann Cotham, an American politician, and former schoolteacher, is the talk of the town after she announced her decision to switch parties.
She revealed in a press conference that she switched affiliations as she felt that the Democratic Party has changed and is not currently accepting different outlooks.
As her decision has become a controversial issue in the media, the public is delving more into the politician’s life and political career to date.
Here’s all you need to learn about the Member of the North Carolina House of Representatives from the 112th district.
Who Is Tricia Cotham?
Cotham, born Patricia Ann Cotham on November 26, 1978, is an American politician. Prior to her career as a politician, she was a schoolteacher.
And currently, she is a member of the North Carolina House of Representatives from the 112th district, based in Mecklenburg County.
Governor Mike Easley appointed her to the 100th district in March 2007. She was selected with the recommendation of local Democratic party leaders upon the resignation of Representative James B. Black.
Cotham was born into a political family. Pat Cotham, her mother, is a former Democratic National Committee member. Since 2012, Pat has been a member of the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners.
Tricia Cotham’s Career In Politics
Cotham became prominent in politics in 2008 and served as Co-Chair of the House’s K-12 Education Subcommittee until 2010.
Upon joining politics, Cotham was named UNC Chapel Hill’s School of Education’s Young Alumna of the Year. Also, the North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE) graded her as an “A+” Legislator.
She didn’t compete in the re-election in 2016. Instead, she later announced that she would like to run for the U.S. House of Representatives in the newly redrawn 12th congressional district.
Although she applied for the seat on March 21, 2016, she lost to Congresswoman Alma Adams. And in 2022, she succeeded in the election and returned to the North Carolina House of Representatives.
Tricia Cotham’s Personal Life. Is She Married?
The 44-year-old former Democratic National Committee member from Charlotte, North Carolina, was married to state Democratic Party chairman Jerry Meek.
As of now, all that is known to the public is that the duo was married and shared two sons together.
But, the marriage ended in a divorce, and currently, they are believed to be single. The mother of two currently resides in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Who Is Tricia Cotham’s Husband, Jerry Meek?
53-year-old Meek was a North Carolina business and tax litigation attorney. He is a Democratic Party activist who even served as the Chairman of the North Carolina Democratic Party from 2005-2009.
Meek started his political career at the age of 13 and was a member of the Democratic party. He even served as the President of the State and National Teen Democrats.
And by the age of 17, he was selected as the youngest delegate ever elected to a Democratic National Convention.
He graduated from Duke University and even majored in Economics and Political Science from the same.
He achieved a fellowship to study at the University of Notre Dame, and from here, he obtained his master’s degree in Government. And by 1997, he had earned his law degree from Duke Law School.
During his college days, he served as the precinct Chair of the Cumberland County Democratic Party.
Also, at the same time, he served as an officer in the 7th Congressional District Democratic Party. By 1998, he became the Democratic nominee for the North Carolina House of Representatives from Cumberland County’s 18th House District.
Apart from his political career, the politician has never shared many details about his personal life, marriage, family, etc. He keeps his personal life private and is not much open about it to the public.
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