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Pat Harrington

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BA 1980, Political Science

Tippecanoe County Prosecutor, Lafayette, IN

Pat Harrington has served as the Tippecanoe County Prosecutor since 2007.  He was the first Tippecanoe County prosecutor to be appointed as a United States Special Assistant Attorney and was assigned to a federal task force combating local Gang and Drug activity in Tippecanoe County.

During his legal career he has tried approximately 100 jury trials as both a Prosecutor, and a Defense Attorney.  

As a passionate advocate for our community safety, Pat has worked with State Legislators to enact new Laws, including increased sentences for drug traffickers, gang members, and impaired drivers.  Pat has worked on legislation to protect women and children who have been sexually abused, for child victims of sex and human trafficking and in 2020 worked closely on the digital crime bill authorizing the creation of multiple laboratories to improve the evidence gathering capabilities for digital evidence.  He has assisted with improving animal legislation which provides further protection for both individuals and their pets.  Pat has frequently testified before the Indiana Senate and House of Representatives.  He is a current board member of the Indiana Association of Prosecuting Attorneys, and a Past President. (2020)

Pat was born and raised in Lafayette, graduated Jefferson High School in 1976, Purdue University in 1980, and Valparaiso University School of Law in 1983. He served from 2013-2019 on the Purdue University College of Liberal Arts Alumni Board.   He and his wife have 2 children, and 2 grandsons.