Patrick McGehearty

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Patrick McGehearty
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Former candidate for
U.S. House, Texas, District 24
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Texas at Austin
Master'sUniversity of Texas at Austin
Ph.D.Carnegie Mellon University
ProfessionComputer scientist
Campaign website
Patrick McGehearty was a 2014 Democratic candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 24th Congressional District of Texas. He previously ran unsuccessfully for election to the seat in 2012. Patrick McGehearty lost the general election on November 4, 2014.


McGehearty majored in math at the University of Texas at Austin. He went on to earn his master's in Computer Science. McGehearty then received a Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University. His professional career has been working as a computer scientist.[1]


Campaign themes


McGehearty's campaign website listed the following issues:[2]

  • Jobs and the Economy
Excerpt: "The central issue facing our nation right now is our weak economy. We have the highest sustained unemployment rate since the Great Depression. The Tea-publican controlled House of Representatives repeatedly stalls action on any program to help the economy and improve the outlook for jobs. Even worse, the Tea-publicans have brought the government to shutdown once and the brink of shutdown several times."
  • Minimum Wage
Excerpt: "Having a meaningful minimum wage is fundamental defense for America’s middle class. Without a floor on wages, a wage crash would occur during every economic down cycle. Businesses flooded with unemployed workers would offer less and less to fill their few openings and force current employees to take pay cuts."
  • Food Stamps and Unemployment Benefits
Excerpt: "Recent action to reduce food stamp benefits and to allow long term unemployment benefits to expire is the wrong way to go to rebuild our economy."
  • Social Security and Medicare
Excerpt: "We have a shared responsibility to protect Social Security and Medicare. These benefits are earned through decades of honest work. If these earned Social Security or Medicare benefits were to be sharply cut, most older people on fixed incomes are not going to have reasonable options."
  • Taxation Fairness
Excerpt: "Income is income. That should be a self-evident statement. Yet, for some reason, the Barons of Wall Street have managed to convince some that “capital gains” and “dividends” are somehow worthy of special treatment. Instead of paying the normal tax rate on this income like everyone else does, they only have to pay 20%. In addition to getting this low tax rate, this income is also excluded from Social Security and Medicare taxes."



See also: Texas' 24th Congressional District elections, 2014

McGehearty ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Texas' 24th District. McGehearty won the Democratic nomination in the primary on March 4, 2014, with no opposition. He was defeated by incumbent Kenny Marchant (R) in the general election on November 4, 2014.[3][4]

U.S. House, Texas District 24 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKenny Marchant Incumbent 65% 93,712
     Democratic Patrick McGehearty 32.3% 46,548
     Libertarian Mike Kolls 2.6% 3,813
Total Votes 144,073
Source: Texas Secretary of State


See also: Texas' 24th Congressional District elections, 2012

McGehearty ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Texas' 24th District. He withdrew before the primary.

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress were required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are McGehearty's reports.


McGehearty and his wife, Sylvia, have one son and four grandchildren.[1]

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