|U.S. House, Virginia, District 2|
|Elections and appointments|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Bachelor's||Randolph-Macon Woman’s College (1977)|
|Service/branch||United States Naval Reserve|
|Years of service||21|
|Profession||Retired Naval Commander, Entrepreneur|
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.
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. 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.
Patrick’s website highlights the following priorities:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. 
The Hill reported that Patrick planned to frame herself as a "centrist Democrat."
Incumbent Scott Rigell (R) and retired U.S. Navy Reserve Commander Suzanne Patrick (D) will face off in the general election on November 4, 2014. Neither candidate faced a primary challenger.
Ballotpedia has identified Virginia's 2nd Congressional District as a battleground race because Cook's PVI shows the district as R+2, and Fairvote rates 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.
- Patrick has been endorsed by EMILY's List, a political action committee that supports pro-abortion rights Democrats.
|Suzanne Patrick (2014) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|October Quarterly||October 15, 2013||$0.00||$62,235.77||$(6,843.17)||$55,392.60|
|Year-End||January 31, 2014||$55,392.60||$62,221.61||$(37,999.09)||$79,615.12|
|April Quarterly||April 15, 2014||$79,615.12||$177,140.78||$(60,924.00)||$195,831.90|
Patrick has been a resident of Virginia Beach, Va. since 1991. She is the primary caretaker of her aging parents.
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