Suzanne Patrick

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Suzanne Patrick
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Former candidate for
U.S. House, Virginia, District 2
PartyDemocratic
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sRandolph-Macon Woman’s College (1977)
Master'sGeorgetown University
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Naval Reserve
Years of service21
Personal
ProfessionRetired Naval Commander, Entrepreneur
Websites
Campaign website
Suzanne Patrick campaign logo
Suzanne Patrick was a 2014 Democratic candidate seeking election to the U.S. House to represent the 2nd Congressional District of Virginia. Patrick was defeated by incumbent Scott Rigell (R) in the general election on November 4, 2014.

Biography

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]

Career

Patrick is a retired United States Naval Reserve commander. 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 she held senior management positions with Creditanstalt Bank and Ventana Capital Management, LLC. She also founded the hedge fund investment firm New Poland Eagle.[2]

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

Patrick’s website highlighted the following priorities:[3]

JOBS & THE ECONOMY:

From her experience advising international corporations navigating the global marketplace, to starting and successfully running her own small business, Suzanne has the knowledge and skills necessary to spur local economic development and job creation here in Virginia. She’ll support fair trade and use her knowledge of global markets to expand opportunities for our local port. Suzanne believes investments in infrastructure are essential—not only to create jobs now, but also to lay the groundwork for future economic growth. And, she is fiercely committed to maintaining funds for the military facilities that are the backbone of the local economy.

MILITARY PREPAREDNESS:

Thanks to a lot of political gamesmanship and partisan bickering in Congress, our nation’s and economy and armed services are now feeling the harmful effects of the sequester. Not only are seniors, children, and middle class families taking a hit, the sequester also damages our nation’s military preparedness. Suzanne will work to break the gridlock, end the senseless sequester, and restore the funding our military needs to return to full strength.

EDUCATION:

For years, Suzanne has actively mentored young women pursuing careers in science, engineering, and the military. Through this work, she sees the ways our current education system is failing the next generation. Too few students graduate with the skills needed to compete in today’s global economy, while too many graduate under the burden of massive debt from student loans. Suzanne believes every American student deserves the opportunity to access a quality, affordable education, and that investments in education are the best investment we can make in our nation’s future economic success.

OUR SENIORS:

Suzanne firmly opposes any effort to privatize Social Security or turn Medicare into a voucher program. As the primary caretaker for her aging parents, Suzanne understands how important these earned benefits are to seniors on a fixed income. Instead of gutting these programs or subjecting them to the volatility of Wall Street, Suzanne believes in protecting the long-term viability of Social Security and Medicare through strategic investments and common sense reforms so that all seniors can enjoy security, dignity, and access to quality, affordable health care in retirement.

POSITION: ISRAEL

We have an important and historic relationship with Israel, and one that must be strengthened and maintained through this period of heightened instability and conflict in the Middle East.

From the moment Israel became a nation in 1948, the United States has been a strong ally. We were the first nation to recognize Israel, and we have played an important role in continuing to help Israel persevere in a dangerous and challenging region. Israel is the strongest democracy in the Middle East, and Israelis share our values and commitments to democracy and regional security. In this time of change and volatility in the Middle East, we need strong allies like Israel to champion and uphold these values in the region. In Congress, I will fight to strengthen our relationship with Israel diplomatically, military, culturally, and economically so that we work together to build a bright future for both nations. [4]

—Suzanne Patrick, http://web.archive.org/web/20140916180528/http://suzannepatrickforcongress.com/priorities/

Centrist Democrat

The Hill reported that Patrick planned to frame herself as a "centrist Democrat."[5]

Elections

2014

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

Incumbent Scott Rigell (R) defeated retired U.S. Naval Reserve Commander Suzanne Patrick (D) in the general election on November 4, 2014. Neither candidate faced a primary challenger.

Ballotpedia identified Virginia's 2nd Congressional District as a battleground race because Cook's PVI showed the district as R+2, and Fairvote rated the district as 43.4 percent Democratic. In addition, President Barack Obama won the district by 1.5 percent in 2012 and 1.7 percent in 2008.[6][7]

Election results

U.S. House, Virginia District 2 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngScott Rigell Incumbent 58.7% 101,558
     Democratic Suzanne Patrick 41.1% 71,178
     N/A Write-in 0.2% 324
Total Votes 173,060
Source: Virginia Department of Elections

Jumpstart program

Patrick was a member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Jumpstart program, which was designed to provide early support to top-tier Democratic challengers.[8]

Endorsements

  • Patrick was endorsed by EMILY's List, a political action committee that supports pro-abortion rights Democrats.[9]

Media


Suzanne Patrick for Congress, "100 Years of Service."

Suzanne Patrick for Congress, "Earned Promises."

Suzanne Patrick for Congress, "Pay."

Campaign donors

2014

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Patrick's reports.[10]

Suzanne Patrick (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
October Quarterly[11]October 15, 2013$0.00$62,235.77$(6,843.17)$55,392.60
Year-End[12]January 31, 2014$55,392.60$62,221.61$(37,999.09)$79,615.12
April Quarterly[13]April 15, 2014$79,615.12$177,140.78$(60,924.00)$195,831.90
July Quarterly[14]July 15, 2014$195,831.90$114,936.81$(42,258.73)$268,200.00
October Quarterly[15]October 15, 2014$268,200.00$242,519.22$(414,030.23)$96,688.99
Running totals
$659,054.19$(562,055.22)

Personal

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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