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|Texas Commissioner of General Land Office|
|January 2, 2003 - Present|
|Years in position||12|
|Predecessor||David Dewhurst (R)|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 2, 2010|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Bachelor's||Texas A&M University (1969)|
|Date of birth||November 15, 1946|
Patterson, a native of Houston, served in the military (active and reserve) for 25 years. He received his commission in the Untied States Marine Corps upon graduation from Texas A&M in 1969. Having volunteered to serve during the last six months of the Vietnam war, he represents the fourth generation of his family to serve during war time. "His great grandfathers fought on the side of the South in the War Between the States. His grandfather served in both World War I and World War II. Patterson’s father also served in World War II as well as in the Korean War." Patterson served on active duty until 1980 when he transferred to the reserves and eventually retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1993.  His political career began in 1992 with an election to the Texas State Senate.
- Texas A&M, B.A. (1969)
General land office commissioner (2002-current)
Patterson was first elected as Commissioner of the General Land Office in 2002 and was re-elected to the position in 2006 and 2010. Since holding the office some of his accomplishments include: transforming the Permanent School Fund, made the state a leader in renewable energy. and oversaw a major expansion of the Veterans Land Fund.
Texas legislature (1992-2002)
Patterson served three terms as state senator for District 11, which includes Harris, Galveston, and Brazoria counties. His major accomplishments in the senate include passage of the concealed hand gun law, a constitutional amendment allowing home equity lending, the state coastal management plan, and the creation of the Texas State Veteran's Home Program. In line with his practice of always advocating for veterans he chaired the first Veterans Affairs committee in the Texas Senate. 
|Texas Commissioner of the General Land Office, 2010|
|Republican||Jerry Patterson Incumbent||61.7%||3,001,736|
|Libertarian||James L. Holdar||3%||148,271|
|Election Results via Texas Secretary of State|
Comprehensive donor information for Patterson is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, Patterson raised a total of $6,040,329 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 9, 2013.
Ballotpedia collects information on campaign donors for each year in which a candidate or incumbent is running for election. The following table offers a breakdown of Jerry Patterson's donors each year. Click [show] for more information.
|Jerry Patterson's Campaign Contributions|
Texas Commissioner of the General Land Office
Texas Commissioner of the General Land Office
Texas Commissioner of Public Lands
|Total Raised by General Election Opponent||$102,487||$8,381||$1,873,486|
|Top 5 contributors||Grass Roots Institute of Texas||$75,000||Stanley Jobe||$56,340||Jerry Patterson Campaign||$160,453|
|Bob Perry||$60,000||Bob Perry||$55,000||Bob Perry||$150,000|
|Provost & Umphrey|
and Albert Huddleston
|$25,000 each||T. Boone Pickens||$51,000||BNP Oil & Gas Properties||$28,500|
|JOBE PAC||$25,000||Harold Simmons||$50,000||Texas Victory 2002||$25,000|
|Bob & Doylene Perry||$25,000||Lonnie Pilgrim||$20,000||T. Boone Pickens||$25,000|
Patterson lives in Austin and has four children, twins Samantha and Cole, and Emily and Travis. His son Travis is a graduate of Texas A&M, where he was commissioned as a Marine Lieutenant. He has served two tours of duty in Iraq as a U.S. Marine attack helicopter pilot. Emily is an attorney working in Kosovo for an agency funded by the U.S. State Department. 
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- 2014 Campaign Website
- Texas General Land Office - Commissioner Jerry Patterson
- Project Vote Smart biography
- Campaign contributions: 2012, 2010, 2008, 2006, 2004, 2002, 1998
- The Associated Press, "George P. Bush running for Texas land commissioner," March 12, 2013
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- Patterson's military biography
- GLO bio
- The Texas Tribune, "Dewhurst plans to run for re-election," August 28, 2012
- Governing Politics, "George P. Bush May Run for Texas Land Commissioner," November 15, 2012
- New York Times "Old-Time Texas Politician, Verbally Quick on the Draw," June 14, 2012
- Texas Secretary of State, "November 2010 General Election Results," accessed March 26, 2011
- Follow the Money, " Accessed May 9, 2013
- Follow the Money.org, "Home," accessed February 17, 2015
- Jerry Patterson Bio
David Dewhurst (R)
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