Elizabeth Johnston Patterson known as "Liz" who served as Governor of South Carolina and as a long-term member of the United States Senate has died.
her son Pat Patterson told media that his mother died Saturday after an extended illness at the age of 78.
in 1986 Patterson was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from South Carolina's 4th congressional district making her The first woman elected to represent South Carolina in Congress she has served 3 terms before being defeated for re-election in 1992 by Republican Bob Inglis.
Her father, Olin D. Johnston, served as Governor of South Carolina and as a long-term member of the United States Senate.
after losing in the nominee for Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina in 1994. She taught political science at Spartanburg Methodist College and was the chairwoman of the Spartanburg County Democratic Party.
State Democratic Party Chairman Trav Robertson said Patterson "showed resilience and compassion as she became a trailblazer" for women in Congress.
arrangements for the funeral have not been announced yet.