A Biography of Patrick

Patrick Windhorst is a life-long resident of Massac County and currently resides in Metropolis. He graduated from Franklin Elementary and Massac County High School. After high school, Patrick received his associate's degree from Shawnee Community College. He served as president of the Student Senate and also as editor-in-chief of the college's student newspaper, the Tempo. He received his bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Patrick wrote for the Daily Illini, the university's student newspaper. He covered sports, including football and track and field, and wrote political opinions columns.
Patrick received his law degree from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, where he graduated with honors. While in law school, he served as an intern with the Massac County State's Attorney's Office. He also worked at SIUC's Ombudsman's Office. The Ombudsman's Office is designed to assist students, faculty and staff in resolving disputes they have with the university.
After law school, Patrick passed the bar in both Illinois and Kentucky and is licensed in both the state and federal courts in both states. He worked for Denton & Keuler in Paducah, Ky from 2000 to 2004. Denton & Keuler serves as legal counsel for many local governments and businesses throughout southern Illinois and western Kentucky.

On May 29, 2003, Patrick announced he would seek the office of Massac County State's Attorney in 2004. His commitment to serve the people of Massac County led him to seek the office of state's attorney. Patrick was elected Massac County State's Attorney on November 2, 2004, with 54 percent of the vote. Patrick was re-elected Massac County State's Attorney in 2008.

As state's attorney, Patrick has treated people fairly and worked diligently to reduce crime. He has ensured serious criminals receive the punishment they deserve. Patrick has worked with local law enforcement officials to make Massac County safe for all of its citizens. He also initiated a truancy program and bad check collection program. Patrick established the position of Crime Victim Advocate, which is funded through a grant from the Attorney General's office.


He is an active member of the 32nd Street Church of Christ in Paducah, Ky. Patrick is also involved with the Metropolis Rotary Club and Massac County Mental Health Board. Patrick previously served on the board of the Cairo Women's Shelter, which serves Massac County. He enjoys sports and coaching in his free time. He is the boy's basketball coach at Unity Elementary.


Patrick married his wife, Holly, in 2009. They have one daughter. Patrick's father, Pat Windhorst, is employed with Massac County Unit School District #1. Pat has served as principal at Unity Elementary, Franklin Elementary and Jefferson Elementary. Pat was also previously the assistant principal at Massac County High School. Prior to working in administration, Pat was taught English at Brookport High School and the Metropolis Junior High. Patrick's mother, Pam Windhorst, is a homemaker. His brother, Parker, is an English teacher at Massac County High School and Assistant Boys' Basketball Coach. Patrick's grandparents are Leonard and Helen Windhorst


Hometown: Metropolis, IL

Massac County High School
Shawnee Community College, A.A.
University of Illinois, B.S.
Southern Illinois University, J.D., Cum Laude


Legal Qualifications:
Admitted to Illinois bar, State and Federal Courts
Admitted to the Kentucky bar, State and Federal Courts
Attorney at law firm of Denton & Keuter (2000-2004)
Massac County State's Attorney (2004-present)


Professional Associations:
Illinois State Bar Association
Kentucky Bar Association


Professional/Personal Achievements:
SIU Health Law Moot Court Competition, 1998-1999
Paul Harris Fellow
National Trial Competition, 1999-2000
Massac County Republican Volunteer of the Year, 2002
Shawnee Community College Alumnus of the Year 2007
Department of Children and Family Services, Child Death Review Team


Unity Elementary School Boys' Basketball Coach
Massac County Mental Health Board President
Metropolis Rotary Club, Current Member, Youth Exchange Officer and Past President (2006-07)