Congressman Joe Kennedy III today announced that he will invite Staff Sergeant Patricia King, a transgender infantry solider and Massachusetts native, to the State of the Union tomorrow night. After being selected to provide the Democratic response to the State of the Union, Congressman Kennedy won’t be able to accompany Staff Sergeant King but is deeply honored that she will attend the address in his place.
“Staff Sergeant Patricia King represents the best and bravest our nation has to offer. For nearly two decades, she has valiantly served our country and defended not only our safety, but our values at home and abroad. Although I won’t be able to join her Tuesday night, I know that she will make our Commonwealth and our country proud at the State of the Union.”
Staff Sergeant Patricia King is an infantry soldier and has served for 18 years. SSG King is originally from Cape Cod, Massachusetts. She attended Cape Cod Tech and graduated in 1999. Patricia has been stationed in Italy, where she participated in the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team reactivation jump. From there she went to Fort Drum. During her time at Fort Drum, she deployed to Afghanistan twice. SSG King participated in operations Glock, Harpoon and Anaconda and was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge. SSG King has served as an observer controller at Joint Readiness Training Center and a Military Transition Team instructor at Fort Polk.
From 2013 to 2014, SSG King served as a Platoon Sergeant and then Platoon Leader for the Regional Command South PSD under Major General LaCamera. She was awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious service after a year with no casualties in her care. SSG King began gender transition in January of 2015. Since that time SSG King has served as a platoon sergeant in A Co, Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 4th Infantry Division.
From there, she went to Fort Lewis, WA where she serves as an infantry squad leader in B Co, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment (Patriots). Patricia is the daughter of Kenneth and Veronica King. Patricia has two sons; Peyton 11, and Isaiah 10.