Dan Patrick

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Dan Patrick
Dan Patrick.jpg
Current candidacy
Running for Texas Lieutenant Governor
General electionNovember 4, 2014
Current office
Texas State Senate, District 7
In office
2007 - Present
Term ends
January 13, 2015
Years in position 8
Base salary$7,200/year
Per diem$150/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2006
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
ProfessionRadio Commentator
Office website
Dan Patrick is a Republican member of the Texas State Senate, representing District 7 since 2007.

Patrick graduated with a B.A. in English from the University of Maryland-Baltimore County and is the founder of Talk Radio KSEV.

In addition to being a senator, Patrick is also the founder of Lone Star Times and is a conservative commentator. Prior to his position to the state senate, he authored the book, The Second Most Important Book You'll Ever Read.[1]

Launches conservative PAC

On April 12, 2010, Patrick announced the creation of a new political action committee known as The Independent Conservative Republicans of Texas. The group will not raise money or run ads, but will identify which elected officials have a conservative record. Patrick said that the group is necessary in order to differentiate between Republicans and true conservatives.[2]

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Patrick served on the following committees:

Texas Committee Assignments, 2013
Education, Chair
Higher Education


Patrick served on the following Texas Senate committees:


District 7

Dan Patrick represents District 7, which includes the parts county of Harris, Texas.[3]



See also: Texas lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2014

Patrick was a Republican candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Texas in the 2014 election. He ran as a challenger to incumbent David Dewhurst (R), who is seeking re-election.[4] In announcing his bid, Patrick said Texas was in need of "authentic conservative leadership."[5] The general election took place November 4, 2014.


See also: Texas State Senate elections, 2012

Patrick won re-election in the 2012 election for Texas State Senate, District 7. Patrick ran unopposed in the May 29 primary election and defeated Sam Texas (D) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[6]

Texas State Senate, District 7, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDan Patrick Incumbent 68.4% 196,526
     Democratic Sam Texas 31.6% 90,793
Total Votes 287,319


See also: Texas State Senate elections, 2010

Patrick won re-election to the 7th District Seat by defeating Libertarian candidate Lee Coughran in the general election on November 6, 2012.[7]

Texas State Senate, District 7
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Dan Patrick (R) 184,704 86.41%
Lee Coughran (D) 29,048 13.58%


On Nov. 7, 2006, Patrick won election to the 7th District Seat in the Texas State Senate, defeating opponent Michael Kubosh (L).[8]

Patrick raised $1,154,550 while Kubosh raised $1,250.[9]

Texas State Senate, District 7 (2006)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Dan Patrick (R) 118,067 69.18%
F. Michael Kubosh (D) 52,586 30.81%

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


Patrick raised a total of $697,073 in 2010. Below are Patrick's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2010 election:[10]

Contributor 2010 total
Perry, Bob J. $40,000
Time Warner $12,000
Dan Patrick Campaign $12,000
Allen Fletcher Campaign $12,000
Texas Association of Realtors $10,038


In 2006, a year in which Patrick was up for election, he collected $1,154,550 in donations. [11]

His four largest contributors in 2006 were:

Donor Amount
Dan Patrick $316,671
Houston Broadcasting $176,198
C&M Marketing $38,063
Robert Perry $30,000


Empower Texans Fiscal Responsibility Index

Empower Texans produces the Fiscal Responsibility Index as "a measurement of how lawmakers perform on size and role of government issues." The index uses "exemplar votes on core budget and free enterprise issues that demonstrate legislators' governing philosophy."[12] Legislators are graded along a standard grading scale, receiving grades A through F based on their performance during the legislative session.


Dan Patrick received a grade of A+ on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

  • 2011 Taxpayer Champion. Patrick was named a "2011 Taxpayer Champion," which is "the top award presented by Texans for Fiscal Responsibility to legislators based on their rating on the most recent Fiscal Responsibility Index."[13]


Patrick was born in Baltimore, Md. He and his wife, Janetlea, have two children: Ryan and Shane.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Jon Lindsay
Texas Senate District 7
Succeeded by