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Pat Danner resurfaces, nominated for seat on Missouri Credit Union panel


These people come into your life — then disappear.

One of those people just reappeared. Democrat Pat Danner, the former Northland congresswoman and state senator, was nominated Monday by Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon to a seat on the Missouri Credit Union Commission.

Danner, now 81, served in Congress from 1993-2001 and opted not to seek a fifth term. She served in the state Senate from 1983 until her election to Congress in 1992.

That she defeated incumbent Republican Tom Coleman to win her 6th District congressional seat says something. We’ve got to dig into the historical record, but Danner’s win may rank as the last time a Democrat defeated a sitting Republican House member in Missouri.

We remember her as tough, serious-minded, insightful and somebody you wouldn’t want to cross.

But once she left Congress more than a decade ago, she seemed to vanish from public life. We lost track of her.

Now she’s back, thanks to Nixon’s appointment.

“Pat’s distinguished career and dedication to the people of Missouri will serve her well as a member of this commission,” Nixon said in a statement. “Having served beside her in the Missouri Senate, I know she will bring her wisdom and experience to this commission and the Missourians it serves.”

The Credit Union Commission was created in 1998 to approve or disapprove regulations proposed by the director of credit unions.

The Missouri Senate must confirm the nomination.