Raised in foster care, Patrick Penn overcame the tragedy of abuse and neglect to become a proud family man with a distinguished record of service to our country. Growing up, Patrick learned the importance of faith, family, and hard work.
Upon graduating high school, Patrick joined the U.S. Army where he served admirably in the war on terror in Iraq and Afghanistan on multiple tours of duty, including Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation Inherent Resolve. He received the Meritorious Service Medal and the Combat Action Badge, before retiring at the rank of Captain in 2017. While serving in the Army Patrick graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in Criminology and earned his Masters Degree in Applied Information Technology from the George Mason University Volgenau School of Engineering.
Patrick’s service to his country and community did not stop when he retired from the U.S. Army. He ran for State Representative, first elected in 2020, to ensure that all Kansas children regardless of their upbring and zip code would have access to a quality education and the same opportunities that he did. During his time in the legislature Patrick has advocated and sponsored legislation to create an office of the child advocate to protect children in the Kansas foster care system from abuse. He has also worked on legislation to support the Wichita aviation industry and to prohibiting banks, trust companies, credit unions and other business entities from discriminating based on certain subjective or arbitrary factors.
As a young father living with his wife Talia and four children; Jaden, Josiah, Amariah, and Gabriella in Northeast Wichita, Patrick is invested and involved in the local community. He serves as a Sunday school teacher and volunteer at his church and is proud to call Northeast Wichita home.