Acknowledging her career as a powerful advocate for the rights of workers, the Florida AFL-CIO has endorsed Patricia Sigman for State Senate District 9.
The Florida AFL-CIO represents over 500 local labor unions, 10 councils, and over one million union members, retirees, and their families in the state. They work to provide better lives for all workers, members or not, through political and legislative action, grassroots mobilization and education.
“As Florida recovers economically from the coronavirus pandemic, it is essential we have elected officials who are putting the well-being of workers first,” said Eric Clinton, President of the Central Florida AFL-CIO. “Patricia Sigman’s career as a labor and employment law attorney uniquely position her to fight for workers and to ensure their rights are protected in the Florida Senate. The Florida AFL-CIO and our members are proud to endorse her campaign and excited to have a true champion for workers in District 9.”
Since announcing her campaign for Senate District 9, Patricia Sigman has generated incredible momentum for her campaign with strong and steady fundraising, the endorsement of Senate Democratic Leader Designate Gary Farmer and the support of Senate Victory, and the endorsements of former Education Commissioner Betty Castor, former Democratic Lieutenant Governor nominee Chris King, former Congresswoman Gwen Graham, former Democratic Attorney General nominee Sean Shaw, former Florida CFO Alex Sink, former Orlando Magic Head Coach Stan Van Gundy and his wife Kim, Equality Florida Action PAC, EMILY’s List, Ruth’s List Florida, SEIU Florida, and Sierra Club Florida.
“As Tallahassee has tried to roll back the rights of workers, the Florida AFL-CIO has been there to fight on their behalf,” declared Patricia Sigman. “When I am elected, I will make fixing our state’s broken unemployment system and expanding the rights of workers top priorities. I grateful to the Florida AFL-CIO for their support and am eager to partner with them on behalf of the people of Senate District 9.”
An open seat due to term limits, State Senate District 9 encompasses all of Seminole County and a portion of western Volusia County. As the fastest changing red-to-blue State Senate district in Florida, Democratic performance increased at the top of the ticket by five points from the 2016 to 2018 election. Senate Victory sees this district as poised to flip and is committed to Patricia’s election in 2020.
Patricia Sigman is a Board Certified Labor and Employment attorney, a Certified Mediator, a community volunteer, a small-business owner, a voting-rights advocate, and a mother. Patricia grew up in Florida, and received her BA from UCLA before returning to Florida to earn her JD from Stetson University College of Law, where she graduated #1 in her law school class. Over 26 years ago, Patricia started a small business in Seminole County, Sigman & Sigman PA, with her husband Phil, who was born and raised here in Central Florida. Patricia has fought against some of the most powerful interests in Florida on behalf of whistleblowers who were fired for doing the right thing, victims of sexual harassment, workers fired due to their age, race, or sex, and employees whose big employers who refused to pay what they promised. Patricia has also helped small businesses facing legal battles. She has been named Orlando Business Journal’s “Best of the Bar” and “Lawyer of the Year” for Individuals in Employment Law in Orlando Magazine. A community volunteer, Patricia served as President of the Lake Mary High School Band Boosters Association, and she has led the Florida Democratic Party’s voter protection efforts in Seminole County for 15 years. Patricia lives in Longwood with her husband of 30 years, Phil Sigman. Patricia and Phil have lived in their Longwood home for over 20 years and have three adult children who were all educated in the local Seminole County Public Schools.