Patricia Rawlings was created a life peer with the title Baroness Rawlings, of Burnham Westgate in the County of Norfolk on 5 October 1994 and entered the House of Lords where she held several frontbench positions.
- International Relations and Defence Committee, House of Lords.
- Baroness in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip), HM Household, 11 May 2010 - 25 June 2012, House of Lords.
- Lords Spokesperson (Department for Culture, Media and Sport), Department for Culture, Media and Sport, House of Lords.
- Lord Speaker's Advisory Panel on Works of Art, 25 January 2017 - 23 October 2019, House of Lords.
- Institute for Strategic Dialogue, Board Member.
- Conservative Party, member of the House of Lords; Member of the European Parliament (MEP).