Patricia (Pat) Kernighan, a politician and a lawyer, was a District 2 city council member in Oakland, California until 2014, noted for her advocacy of instant run-off voting in city elections.
Kernighan in 2011
|Member of the Oakland City Council|
from District 2
|Assumed office |
|Preceded by||Danny Wan|
|Succeeded by||Abel J. Guillen|
|Alma mater||University of Washington|
University of California, Hastings College of the Law
Kerninghan, a native of rural Eastern Washington state, received a Bachelor of Arts degree in social sciences in 1973 from the University of Washington and a law degree in 1977 from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.
In Seattle, Washington, while a college student in the 1970s, Kernighan was a member of the Feminist Coordinating Council, an organization that proposed a city ordinance to establish a commission on crimes against women and a protection unit.
Abel J. Guillen succeeded Kernighan in 2014.
In 2006, Kernighan co-authored a measure to implement instant-runoff voting in Oakland, and voters approved the measure in November 2006,. Oakland began using the voting system in its November 2010 elections for mayor, three city council races and four other local offices.
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She is married to Paul Gordon and has two grown daughters.
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- Heather MacDonald, "Local Elections Carry Weight," The Oakland Tribune November 7, 2006
- Jonathan Wafer, Oakland Daily Planet, June 5, 2008
- Heather MacDonald, "A Lot on the Line in Local Elections," The Oakland Tribune, November 7, 2008
- University of Washington Digital Libraries, "Guide to the Feminist Coordinating Council Records," 1971-1977
- Janine DeFao, San Francisco Chronicle - January 7, 2005 - "Wan resigns from City Council"
- Berkeley Daily Planet (Nov 2006) Kernighan Reelected
- 2011 Oakland Inauguration
- Heather MacDonald, "Kerninghan Hangs On to Her Seat With Runoff," The Oakland Tribune, November 9, 2006
- "Pat Kernighan Op-ed Endorsing IRV". Fairvote.org. Accessed February 2012.
- Fairvote.org News Archive - Instant Runoff Voting in Oakland
- Offbeat and practical issues taken up around Bay Area, Heather Knight, San Francisco Chronicle, Nov. 8, 2006.
- UC-Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism - Davina Attar and Adithya Sambamurthy (November 7, 2006) Oakland Adopts Instant Runoff Voting
- Jessamyn Sabbag, Oakland Local (January 13, 2010) Archived March 15, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
- Measure DD at Oakland
- NBC (May 7, 2010) Lake Merritt Is Set to Get Prettier
- Official Biography at Oakland City Council
- Membership listing, the State Bar of California
- 2011 - KAWL News Interview with Councilmember Kernighan following Police Chief Anthony Brooks' resignation.(accessed 2 Feb 12)
- (May 5, 2010.) Oakland California Bankrupt - Councilwoman Pat Kernighan Calls Rest of Council "Crazy and Irresponsible"
- McLean, Kate (July 18, 2010). "Proposal for Marijuana Factories Prompts a Battle for Control." The New York Times.