Attorney, author and historian, Patty Cafferata is a life-long resident of Reno, Nevada. She has had a diverse career in the law and politics. She served in the Nevada Assembly and when she was elected Nevada State Treasurer in 1982, she became the first woman elected to any constitutional office in the state. Cafferata has also served as district attorney of Lincoln, Lander and Esmeralda counties.
Cafferata wrote and published seven books on Nevada history and co-authored her mother’s memoirs, Barbara F. Vucanovich: From Nevada to Congress and Back Again.
Cafferata is married to Reno native Treat Cafferata, a retired general and vascular surgeon, and they are the parents of two daughters and a son and have nine grandchildren.