|Dan Goeb Patrick|
Lieutenant Governor of Texas
|Assumed office |
January 20, 2015
|Preceded by||David Dewhurst|
Texas State Senator for the 7th district (Harris County)
January 9, 2007 – January 13, 2015
|Preceded by||Jon Lindsay|
|Succeeded by||Paul Bettencourt|
|Born|| April 4, 1950|
|Spouse(s)|| (1) Divorced|
(2) Jan Patrick (married 1975)
Dan Goeb Patrick (born Dannie Scott Goeb; April 4, 1950) is the 42nd lieutenant governor of Texas, serving since January 2015. Before that, he was a sportscaster and a conservative talk radio host. Patrick is a staunch, consistent conservative and a Christian.
Early life and career
Starting with a radio job in 1968, Patrick held several jobs in radio and TV in his life. As a broadcaster, Patrick was able to get attention through various stunts, such as painting himself blue in support for the Houston Oilers and wearing a large cowboy hat. He became the second most popular TV personality in Houston by 1983. Patrick also had excellent public speaking skills, which caused him to be nicknamed "the Silver-tongued Devil."
During the 1980s, Patrick and several investors opened one of the first sports bars in the U.S., which they named Dan and Nick’s Sportsmarket. The bar did well for a time, due to "the strength of Patrick’s personality" and an oil boom in Houston at the time, and they eventually took ownership of five sports bars in the city. The chain, however, was fatally hurt after the oil boom ended and Houston's economy experienced a downturn, and Patrick went bankrupt in 1986. The ordeal of bankruptcy would shape Patrick as a conservative and a Christian.
Conservative talk show host
Soon after his bankruptcy, Patrick "reinvented himself," becoming a conservative talk radio host in the 1990s. He began by buying a four-hour timeslot at KSEV and originally was a sports talk host, operating out of his remaining sports bar. However, he was able to take over the radio station in 1988, and he switched to politics shortly afterward.
Patrick grew very successful and influential through his talk radio career and earned high name recognition. As a talk radio host, Patrick promoted consistent conservative Christian views, and he became a very vocal opponent of illegal immigration. Patrick's talk radio career was instrumental to Patrick's political rise, including his election and influence in the State Senate and his eventual election as lieutenant governor. He was also known as a populist. One notable decision Patrick made as the owner of a talk radio program was to sign Rush Limbaugh, who was not well known at the time, on his radio station.
By February 2006, Patrick already owned one radio station. In 2006, Patrick signed a deal to purchase the radio station KMGS AM 1160 in Highland Park, Texas. By 2013, Patrick was the majority owner of two radio stations, in Houston and Dallas. Patrick continued broadcasting after his election as a State Senator, and he continued to own KSEV after his election as lieutenant governor.
Texas State Senate
In 2006, Patrick was first elected to the Texas Senate in 2006, receiving almost 70 percent of the vote in the general election. Patrick quickly built up a conservative record. Shortly after the 2010 elections, where the GOP received record election gains, Patrick announced, and subsequently created, a Tea Party Caucus in the Texas legislature, which at its creation has 48 legislators as members.
Lieutenant Governor of Texas
Patrick ran for Texas lieutenant governor in the 2014 elections, challenging the Republican incumbent David Dewhurst. Patrick stated that while he had been planning on retiring from politics after his Senate term ended, he decided to run for lieutenant governor after Dewhurst unsuccessfully tried to end State Senator Wendy Davis's filibuster of the pro-life Texas Senate Bill 5 – showing his weakness – and after another fellow Senator, Jane Nelson, refused to run herself. Patrick ran as a Tea Party conservative, while Dewhurst was the establishment candidate. Dewhurst and Patrick went to a runoff after the primary, and Patrick won with 65 percent of the vote. Patrick won the general election with over 58 percent of the vote, in an election where Tea Party candidates made large gains in the state.
Patrick won re-nomination with more than 76 percent of the Republican primary ballots cast on March 6, 2018. He faced a single intra-party rival, Scott Milder, a member of the city council in Rockwall, Texas, who used the campaign theme "Return Texas to Normalcy," like Warren Harding employed nationally in his 1920 presidential race against James M. Cox. Milder carried the backing of the liberal, anti-Patrick San Antonio Express-News. Despite claiming to be "conservative", Milder endorsed Patrick's Democrat opponent for the general election.
Patrick now faces the Democrat Mike Collier in the November 6 general election.
Patrick was sworn in on January 20, 2015, and made no delay in showing his Christian conservative principles once again. Soon after assuming office, the Texas Senate voted to drop the threshold needed to consider a bill from two-thirds to three-fiths, something that Patrick supported.
On May 13, 2016, Patrick criticized the Obama administration after it released a "directive" stating that all public schools must allow transgender students to use the bathroom and locker facilities that correspond with their identified gender, stating that, on the prospect of the federal government withholding funding for Texas schools for not following the directive, "he can keep his 30 pieces of silver [and that w]e will not yield to blackmail from the president of the United States."
Patrick strongly supports a 2017 common sense and sane bill that would require people to use the bathroom of their natural gender.
Patrick and some conservatives considered his first legislative session as lieutenant governor a victory for conservative principles, while some others disagreed. Patrick moved to keep National Guard troops sent to the Texas-Mexico border during the illegal immigration surge of 2014 indefinitely, rather than in March 2015, as originally planned. Patrick's 2015 budget in the Texas Senate called for spending $815 million on border security, which he said was more than the previous seven years combined, and was ultimately successful. Other bills signed into law during Patrick's tenure include an act that gives pastors the right to refuse to "marry" homosexual couples, and the legalization of open and campus carry.
Patrick strongly supported anti-"sanctuary" city legislation. On May 7, 2017, Governor Greg Abbott signed a bill into law which would criminally charge city or county officials who refuse to cooperate with federal officials in enforcing immigration laws and which gives the police the right to choose to check the immigration status of individuals if they choose. The bill was much closer to what the Senate, under Patrick's control, supported than to what the House introduced at first.
Patrick made legislation prohibiting state or local governments from issuing subpoenas on pastors' sermons a priority in the 2017 session. Governor Abbott signed the bill into law on May 21, 2017.
Presidential campaign involvement
Patrick endorsed Texas Senator Ted Cruz for the 2016 Republican presidential primaries and served as his Texas campaign chairman. After businessman Donald Trump became the Republican nominee, Patrick endorsed Trump and eventually became the Texas state chairman for his campaign. While Patrick strongly criticized a tape showing Trump using obscene and graphic language concerning women, he continued to support Trump due to his knowledge of the destructiveness of Hillary Clinton's leftist policies compared to the conservative positions of Trump.
Patrick is married to his wife Jan, and together they have two children. Patrick has written a best-selling book, The Second Most Important Book You Will Ever Read: A Personal Challenge to Read the Bible, and a film, The Heart of Texas. Patrick's son served a state district judge in Harris County, Texas who swore in his father in 2015 for his term as lieutenant governor of Texas. In 2017, the Trump Administration nominated him to be a U.S. District Attorney, and the U.S. Senate confirmed him.
According to Patrick, as his surname from birth, Goeb, was not pleasant-sounding or spelled as it sounded, he did not use it from his first day as a radio host. Instead, he used the air name of Dan Scott. When Patrick became a television broadcaster in 1977, he changed his air name at the request of the person who hired him in order to avoid confusing Patrick with another anchor at a competitor station with the last name of Scott. Patrick chose Dan Patrick, with "Patrick" being his middle name of his wife's brother. Patrick continued to use this name, and by the time he legally changed his name around 2004, he and his family were known as the Patricks.
While growing up, Patrick and his family were "not very religious." After moving to Houston, he and his wife attended a Catholic church, but he joined a Baptist church soon after learning about it. Though Patrick was a member of the Second Baptist Church Houston since 1992, he stated he was not truly a Christian until 1994, when, on a television-and-radio convention in Las Vegas, he repented of his sins, committed his life to God, and was saved. After this, Patrick's faith became an important part of his life, and he considered going into Christian ministry.
Patrick, an evangelical Christian, is a member of various Christian organizations, including Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the International Bible Society, and has served as guest pastor of his church, the Second Baptist Church Houston. He is very outspoken about his Christian faith, and he stated in his inauguration speech upon becoming lieutenant governor that "I respect all faiths and religions, but I am a Christian first, a conservative second and a Republican third, and I praise Jesus for this moment and this day."
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