Jerry Patterson

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Jerry Patterson
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Texas Commissioner of General Land Office
In office
January 2, 2003 - Present
Term ends
Years in position 12
PredecessorDavid Dewhurst (R)
Base salary$145,200
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected2002
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$6,040,329
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sTexas A&M University (1969)
Date of birthNovember 15, 1946
Office website
Campaign website
Jerry Patterson (b. November 15, 1946) is the Texas Commissioner of General Land Office. Patterson, a Republican, has served since 2003.

Patterson intends to run for Lieutenant Governor of Texas in 2014 rather than see re-election as land commissioner.[1][2]


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."[3] Patterson served on active duty until 1980 when he transferred to the reserves and eventually retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1993. [3] His political career began in 1992 with an election to the Texas State Senate.


  • Texas A&M, B.A. (1969)

Political career

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. [4]



See also: Texas lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2014

Patterson plans to retire from the land commission in order to run for Lieutenant Governor of Texas in the 2014 elections. [5][6][7] The general election took place November 4, 2014.


Patterson won re-election as Texas Commissioner of the General Land Office in the November 2, 2010 election, defeating Democrat Hector Uribe and Libertarian James L. Holdar.[8]

Texas Commissioner of the General Land Office, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJerry Patterson Incumbent 61.7% 3,001,736
     Democratic Hector Uribe 35.3% 1,717,518
     Libertarian James L. Holdar 3% 148,271
Total Votes 4,867,525
Election Results via Texas Secretary of State

Campaign donors

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.[9]

Jerry Patterson's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 TX Commissioner of General Land Office Not up for election $1,361,307
2010 TX Commissioner of General Land Office Won $864,688
2008 TX Commissioner of General Land Office Not up for election $565,042
2006 TX Commissioner of General Land Office Won $1,049,316
2004 TX Commissioner of Public Lands Not up for election $419,192
2002 TX Commissioner of Public Lands Won $1,404,586
1998 TX Commissioner of Public Lands Defeated $376,198
Grand Total Raised $6,040,329


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.[10] Click [show] for more information.


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. [11]

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Preceded by
David Dewhurst (R)
Texas Commissioner of General Land Office
Succeeded by