Suzanne Patrick

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Suzanne Patrick
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Candidate for
U.S. House, Virginia, District 2
Elections and appointments
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sRandolph-Macon Woman’s College (1977)
Master'sGeorgetown University
Military service
Service/branchRetired Commander, Navy Reserves
Years of service21
Campaign website
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Suzanne Patrick is a 2014 Democratic candidate seeking election to the U.S. House to represent the 2nd Congressional District of Virginia.


Patrick graduated from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College in Lynchburg, Virginia in 1977 with a B.A. in European studies. She went on to earn an M.A. in national security studies from Georgetown University.[1]


Patrick is a retired commander in the U.S. Navy Reserves. She served as the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Industrial Policy from 2001-2005. She founded and served as principal at her own consulting business, Suzanne D. Patrick & Company, which provided investment banking and technology search and strategy consulting services to corporate clients.[1] She has served as an Aerospace Analyst with Sanford Bernstein, and held senior management positions with Creditanstalt Bank and Ventana Capital Management, LLC. She also founded the hedge fund investment firm New Poland Eagle.[2]


Campaign themes


The Hill reported that she plans to frame herself as a "centrist Democrat."[3]

Patrick’s website highlights the following campaign themes:[4]

  • Jobs & The Economy

Patrick supports fair trade, investing in infrastructure and maintaining funds for military facilities.

Excerpt: “To me, standing up for the middle class means fighting to create and protect high paying jobs here in Virginia. I’ll do that by fighting for our port, military facilities, and the small businesses that keep our local economy thriving. My business and military background fuel my commitment to growing our local economy to strengthen opportunities for middle class families.”
  • Military Preparedness:

According to Patrick, partisanship in Congress and the sequester hurt military preparedness and middle class families.

Excerpt: “It is totally unacceptable that Congress has allowed their partisanship and dysfunction to threaten our nation’s military preparedness and hurt middle class families. Some things, like our national security, are too important to be used in these kind of political games. As your Congresswoman, I’ll never put partisan politics ahead of the interests of our national security or this district.”
  • Education:

Patrick supports providing students with access to a quality, affordable education.

Excerpt: “A quality, affordable education and hard work are what opened the doors in my own life that led me to opportunities all over the world. But those same opportunities aren’t available to many students today. I’ll fight to protect investments in education because all American students deserve a quality education and because our nation’s future economic success depends on it.”
  • Our Seniors:

Patrick will fight for common sense reform of Social Security and Medicare.

Excerpt: “Like a lot of folks, I stepped up to take care of my parents as they aged. I learned firsthand how important Social Security and Medicare are for seniors on a fixed income. Folks work their whole lives to earn the security and well-being made possible through these benefits, and we owe it to them to make good on our promises.”



See also: Virginia's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2014

Patrick is running in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Virginia's 2nd District. Patrick ran unopposed in the Democratic primary. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.[5]

Jumpstart program

Patrick is a member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Jumpstart program, which is designed to provide early support to top-tier Democratic challengers.[6]


Patrick has been endorsed by EMILY's List, a political action committee that supports pro-choice Democrats.[7]

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Patrick's reports.[8]

Suzanne Patrick (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
October Quarterly[9]October 15, 2013$0.00$62,235.77$(6,843.17)$55,392.60
Year-End[10]January 31, 2014$55,392.60$62,221.61$(37,999.09)$79,615.12
April Quarterly[11]April 15, 2014$79,615.12$177,140.78$(60,924.00)$195,831.90
Running totals


Patrick has been a resident of Virginia Beach, Va. since 1991. She is the primary caretaker of her aging parents.[1]

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