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Daniel Patterson
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Arizona House of Representatives District 29
Former member
In office
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
Term limitsFour consecutive terms
Place of birthLansing, MI
ProfessionSouthwest Director, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility
Office website
Personal website
Daniel Patterson is a former Democratic member of the Arizona House of Representatives, representing the 29th District from 2009 to 2012.

Patterson retired from service on April 11, 2012 in response to a decision by the House Committee on Ethics suggesting he be expelled after allegations of inappropriate behavior.[1]


Patterson's professional experience includes serving as Southwest Director of the Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility and President of the Santa Rita Park Neighborhood.[2]


Meyer provided answers to the Arizona State Legislative Election 2008 Political Courage Test. The test informs voters how a candidate would vote on the issues if elected. When asked his legislative priorities he responed, "Economy, education, energy, environment, water, health care."[3]

Patterson's sponsored bills include:

  • HB 2230 - voter registration; permanent early voting
  • HB 2292 - compulsory attendance; age; increase
  • HB 2579 - presidential preference election; independent voters
  • HB 2587 - petition circulators; signature payment prohibited

For a full listed of sponsored bills see the House website.

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Patterson served on these committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Patterson served on these committees:



See also: Arizona House of Representatives elections, 2010

Patterson won re-election to the 29th District seat in 2010. He and Matt Heinz faced no opposition in the August 24 primary election. They defeated Republican Pat Kilburn in the November 2 general election.[4]

Arizona House of Representatives, District 29 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Daniel Patterson (D) 18,326
Green check mark transparent.png Matt Heinz (D) 17,227
Pat Kilburn (R) 14,338


See also: Arizona House of Representatives elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Patterson and Matt Heinz were elected to the 29th District Seat in the Arizona House of Representatives, defeating opponents Pat Kilburn (R) and Juan Ciscomani (R).[5]

Patterson raised $36,151 for the campaign, Heinz raised $36,136, Kilburn raised $23,741, and Ciscomani raised $17,157.[6]

Arizona State House, District 29 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Matt Heinz (D) 24,898
Green check mark transparent.png Daniel Patterson (D) 25,684
Pat Kilburn (R) 15,344
Juan Ciscomani (R) 11,960

Campaign donors


In 2010, Patterson raised $39,966 in contributions.[7]

His largest contributor was the Public Fund, which donated $35,742 to his campaign.


Below are Patterson's top five campaign contributors in the 2008 election:[8]

Contributor 2008 total
Public Fund $32,265
Jane Nielson $130
Howard Wilshire $130
James Andre $130
Charles D Patterson $130


Goldwater Institute

See also: Goldwater Institute's Legislative Report Card

The Goldwater Institute releases its "Legislative Report Card" annually for all Arizona legislators. This report card tracks how legislators voted on key votes and assigns them a letter grade based on how closely their votes agree with the Institute's positions. The primary values emphasized in the ratings are whether votes expand or restrict liberty.[9]


Patterson received a score of 43 out of 100 in the 2012 report card for a grade of D according to the Goldwater Institute’s grading scale. This score was 13 higher than his score on the 2011 report card. Patterson’s X in 2012 was tied for the 40th highest grade among all 60 Arizona State Representatives.[9]


Patterson is married and has one child.

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Preceded by
Arizona House District 29
Succeeded by
Nicholas Fontana