Dan Patrick

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Dan Patrick
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Current candidacy
Running for Texas Lieutenant Governor
General electionNovember 4, 2014
Current office
Texas State Senate, District 7
In office
2007 - Present
Term ends
January 13, 2015
Years in position 7
Base salary$7,200/year
Per diem$150/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2006
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Place of birthBaltimore, MD
ProfessionRadio Commentator
Office website
Dan Patrick is a Republican member of the Texas State Senate, representing District 7. He was first elected to the chamber in 2006.

Patrick is a Republican candidate for Texas Lieutenant Governor in the 2014 elections. He defeated the incumbent, David Dewhurst, in a runoff election to secure the Republican nomination.[1]


Patrick graduated with a B.A. in English from the University of Maryland-Baltimore County and is the founder of Talk Radio KSEV.

In addition to being a senator, Patrick is also the founder of Lone Star Times and is a conservative commentator. Prior to his position to the state senate, he authored the book, The Second Most Important Book You'll Ever Read.[2]

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Patrick served on the following committees:

Texas Committee Assignments, 2013
Education, Chair
Higher Education
Joint Committee on Oversight of Higher Ed Governance, Excellence & Transparency


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Patrick served on the following Texas Senate committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Patrick served on the following Texas Senate committees:


Launches conservative PAC

On April 12, 2010, Patrick announced the creation of a new political action committee known as The Independent Conservative Republicans of Texas (Archive). The group will not raise money or run ads, but will identify which elected officials have a conservative record. Patrick said that the group is necessary in order to differentiate between Republicans and true conservatives.[3]

Wallace Hall impeachment

See also: Wallace Hall impeachment trial

After he was appointed in 2011, University of Texas Regent Wallace Hall began looking into what he believed to be clout scandals within the University of Texas system. Hall investigated the university's forgivable-loans program and admissions policies and preferential treatment to politically-connected individuals.[4] Hall, as an individual citizen, filed a large number of FOIA requests with the University system after his inquiries via his role as a Regent were rebuffed.[5] According to his accusers, Hall filed requests of more than 800,000 pages, which some Texas administrators called an unnecessary burden.[6][7] However, a letter from University chancellor Francisco Cigarroa in February 2014 said that Hall requested closer to 100,000 pages.[8][9] In addition, Cigarroa wrote: "During testimony before the Select Committee, some early witnesses implied that the U.T. System has not protected the privacy rights of students, staff, and patients. This is simply not true."[10]

An effort was begun in June 2013 to try and impeach Hall from his position as regent. Some legislators justifyed the impeachment on the grounds that Hall did not disclose several lawsuits that he was involved in when he originally completed his Regent background check. Hall updated Governor Rick Perry's office in April 2013 with the full list.[11][12] The lack of lawsuit disclosure by Hall is not unique -- more than 9,000 lawsuits were not disclosed by other appointed Texas officials.[13] No unelected official in Texas has ever been successfully impeached or removed from office.[14] Governor of Texas Rick Perry's spokesperson said the investigations send a "chilling message" to gubernatorial appointees.[15] He added that the investigation was "extraordinary political theater."[16] Texas state legislators have never previously tried to remove an appointed official. Only two elected officials in the history of Texas have ever been successfully impeached.[17]

In May 2014, Patrick said an investigation should be launched based on the findings uncovered by Hall. During a debate with David Dewhurst, Patrick said: "This is a potentially huge scandal in the making. If students who should have earned the right to go to the University of Texas Law School were denied a seat — and many are, because there are only so many seats — because a legislator’s friend, a donor’s child, or a legislator’s child or relative got in ahead of them with lower scores, that is wrong. And Wallace Hall should not be impeached because he looked at that issue."[18]



See also: Texas Lieutenant Gubernatorial election, 2014

Dan Patrick TV ad for Lt. Governor

Patrick is a Republican candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Texas in the 2014 election. He ran as a challenger to incumbent David Dewhurst (R), who was seeking re-election, and defeated him in a runoff election to secure the Republican nomination.[19] In announcing his bid, Patrick said Texas was in need of "authentic conservative leadership."[1] Patrick has been endorsed by Empower Texans.[20] The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

Patrick came in first in the primary and faced incumbent David Dewhurst in a runoff on May 27, which Patrick also won.

  • Primary
Texas Lieutenant Gubernatorial Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Dewhurst Incumbent 28.3% 376,164
Green check mark transparent.pngDan Patrick 41.5% 550,742
Jerry Patterson 12.5% 165,777
Todd Staples 17.8% 235,972
Total Votes 1,328,655
Election Results Via:Texas Secretary of State.
  • Runoff
Texas Lieutenant Gubernatorial Republican Runoff, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
David Dewhurst Incumbent 34.9% 261,383
Green check mark transparent.pngDan Patrick 65.1% 487,065
Total Votes 748,448
Election Results Via:Texas Secretary of State.

Race background

In a busy election year for Texas which saw Rick Perry, the longest-serving governor in Texas history, step down after fourteen years, Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst was the only incumbent running for re-election while a number of other Republicans vied for his office, including two incumbents in other statewide executive offices.

Dewhurst was previously considered to be a rising star in the Republican party since the Texas governorship has recently been a platform for Republican presidential candidates. In his 2012 Senate run, however, he lost the Republican primary to Tea Party-affiliated candidate Ted Cruz. After that defeat, Dewhurst was seen as weakened and less conservative than the Republican base in Texas. His high-profile legislative battle with State Senator and Governor candidate Wendy Davis over abortion restrictions failed to reinforce his conservative credentials.

In the primary, Dewhurst came second to State Senator Dan Patrick. After the primary on March 4, Republican lobbyists pressured the three second-place candidates involved in run-offs to drop out of their respective races and decide the Republican nominations early. Incumbent Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and Texas Representative Dan Branch, second-place finishers for Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General respectively, refused to do so and said that they would continue campaigning. The second-place Republican running for Comptroller, however, dropped out, reducing the number of Republican run-offs to two.[21]

In the runoff on May 27, Patrick defeated Dewhurst again, securing the Republican nomination. This result means that Texas will have no incumbent state executive officials remaining in office after the 2014 elections.


See also: Texas State Senate elections, 2012

Patrick won re-election in the 2012 election for Texas State Senate, District 7. Patrick ran unopposed in the May 29 primary election and defeated Sam Texas (D) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[22]

Texas State Senate, District 7, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDan Patrick Incumbent 68.4% 196,526
     Democratic Sam Texas 31.6% 90,793
Total Votes 287,319


See also: Texas State Senate elections, 2010

Patrick won re-election to the 7th District Seat by defeating Libertarian candidate Lee Coughran in the general election on November 2, 2010.[22]

Texas State Senate, District 7
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Dan Patrick (R) 184,704 86.41%
Lee Coughran (D) 29,048 13.58%


On Nov. 7, 2006, Patrick won election to the 7th District Seat in the Texas State Senate, defeating opponent Michael Kubosh (L).[22]

Patrick raised $1,154,550 while Kubosh raised $1,250.[23]

Texas State Senate, District 7 (2006)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Dan Patrick (R) 118,067 69.18%
F. Michael Kubosh (D) 52,586 30.81%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Patrick is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Patrick raised a total of $3,131,141 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 21, 2013.[24]

Dan Patrick's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Texas State Senate, District 7 Won $692,044
2010 Texas State Senate, District 7 Won $697,073
2008 Texas State Senate, District 7 Not up for election $587,474
2006 Texas State Senate, District 7 Won $1,154,550
Grand Total Raised $3,131,141


Patrick won re-election to the Texas State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Patrick raised a total of $692,044.
Texas State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Dan Patrick's campaign in 2012
Patrick, Dan$105,000
Perry, Bob J$30,000
Kellner, Lawrence W$21,153
Texas Association Of Realtors$16,000
Swinbank, Joseph B$12,500
Total Raised in 2012$692,044
Source:Follow the Money


Patrick won re-election to the Texas State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Patrick raised a total of $697,073.


Patrick was not up for election to the Texas State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Patrick raised a total of $587,474.


Patrick won election to the Texas State Senate in 2006. During that election cycle, Patrick raised a total of $1,154,550.


Empower Texans Fiscal Responsibility Index

Empower Texans produces the Fiscal Responsibility Index as "a measurement of how lawmakers perform on size and role of government issues." The index uses "exemplar votes on core budget and free enterprise issues that demonstrate legislators' governing philosophy."[25] Legislators were graded along a 0 through 100 scale in 2013 and on an A through F grading scale in 2011.


Patrick received a score of 93.9 in the 2013 Fiscal Responsibility Index.


Dan Patrick received a grade of A+ on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

  • 2011 Taxpayer Champion. Patrick was named a "2011 Taxpayer Champion," which is "the top award presented by Texans for Fiscal Responsibility to legislators based on their rating on the most recent Fiscal Responsibility Index."[26]


Patrick and his wife, Janetlea, have two children: Ryan and Shane.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Governing, "Dan Patrick to Challenge David Dewhurst for Texas Lieutenant Governor," June 28, 2013
  2. Project Vote Smart, "Biography," accessed May 24, 2014
  3. Star-Telegram, "Texas senator launches PAC to identify conservative legislators," April 12, 2010
  4. American Spectator, "Transparency for Thee," October 25, 2013
  5. Daily Texas Online, "Facing impeachment, Regent Wallace Hall defends actions in debate with Sen. Kirk Watson," September 28, 2013
  6. Daily Texas Online, "Former UT System vice chancellor alleges Regent Wallace Hall’s ‘clear intent to get rid of Bill Powers’," October 24, 2013
  7. Dallas Morning News, "UT regent sought 800,000 documents, official says in impeachment hearing," October 22, 2013
  8. Watchdog, "‘Witch hunt’ fallout: Speaker calls for narrower public records law," February 5, 2014
  9. Texas Tribune, "UT System Responds to Transparency Committee Directives," February 3, 2014
  10. Texas Tribune, "Cigarroa letter to the Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations," February 1, 2014
  11. Texas Tribune, "UT Regent Wallace Hall Updates Lawsuit Disclosures," April 30, 2013
  12. Real Clear Policy, "The Campaign Against Wallace Hall," August 15, 2013
  13. Watchdog.org, "Case against UT regent Wallace Hall is a sham — here’s proof," September 6, 2013
  14. News-Journal, "University of Texas regent not worried by impeachment inquiry," September 9, 2013
  15. Texas Tribune, "Transparency Committee to Mull Impeachment of UT Regent," June 25, 2013
  16. Texas Tribune, "Perry Blasts Impeachment Probe of Wallace Hall," October 30, 2013
  17. Texas Public Radio, "UT Regent Wallace Hall Will Testify In Impeachment Hearing," November 13, 2013
  18. Texas Tribune, "Video: Lieutenant Governor Debate in Central Texas," May 21, 2014
  19. Associated Press, "Dad: George P. Bush eyeing Texas land commissioner," November 14, 2012
  20. Empower Texans, "2014 Endorsements," November 19, 2013
  21. Texas Tribune, "Lobbyist: Efforts Afoot to Get Candidates to Drop Out," March 10, 2014
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 Texas Secretary of State, "1992 - Current Election History," accessed February 17, 2014
  23. Follow the Money, "2006 Candidate funds," accessed May 24, 2014
  24. Follow the Money, "Patrick, Dan," accessed August 21, 2013
  25. Empower Texans, "Fiscal Responsibility Index," accessed February 22, 2014
  26. Empower Texans, "2011 Taxpayer Champions
Political offices
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Jon Lindsay
Texas Senate District 7
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