Margaret resides in Custer, SD and has practiced general law for 38 years. She graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1960 and spent two years teaching English before transitioning to work for the City Council of Sioux City Iowa. She then went on to complete her law degree at South Dakota University in 1981. Throughout her career, Margaret has practiced law in Nebraska, Iowa, and South Dakota. Margaret is a board member for the Black Hills Area Community Foundation and currently serves as Secretary. While living in Iowa, Margaret also served on several boards with focuses on: education, commerce, environmental protection, and human services. A significant portion of Margaret’s board service was dedicated to the Siouxland Community Blood Bank where she was a founder and 30-year board member. Margaret fills her free time with gardening, gourmet cooking, pottery-making and travel. Margaret is married to Charles Thomas Patterson and together they have three children.