Dan Patrick

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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)
In office
January 9, 2007 – January 13, 2015
Preceded by Jon Lindsay
Succeeded by Paul Bettencourt

Born April 4, 1950
Baltimore, Maryland
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) (1) Divorced

(2) Jan Patrick (married 1975)

Religion Baptist

Dan Goeb Patrick (born Dannie Scott Goeb;[1] April 4, 1950[2]) 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

Patrick was born April 4, 1950 in Baltimore, Maryland.[2] Patrick graduated from University of Maryland, Baltimore County.[3]

Starting with a radio job in 1968, Patrick held several jobs in radio and TV in his life.[1][3] In the 1980s, he started a sports bar chain, which went bankrupt in 1986.[4] The ordeal of bankruptcy would shape Patrick as a conservative and a Christian.[4]

In the 1990s, Patrick became a conservative talk radio host.[3][4] He became very influential in talk radio, promoting consistent conservative Christian views and becoming the owner of two radio stations.[3][4] A notable decision of Patrick was to sign Rush Limbaugh, who was not well known at the time, on his radio station.[4]

Texas State Senate

Due to his influential career in talk radio, Patrick gained large name recognition.[4] He considered running for Congress in 2004.[1]

In 2006, Patrick was first elected to the Texas Senate in 2006, receiving almost 70 percent of the vote in the general election.[5] 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.[6]

Lieutenant Governor of Texas

2014 election

Patrick ran for Texas lieutenant governor in the 2014 elections, challenging the Republican incumbent David Dewhurst. Patrick ran as a Tea Party conservative, while Dewhurst was the establishment candidate.[7] Dewhurst and Patrick went to a runoff after the primary, and Patrick won with 65 percent of the vote.[5] 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.[8][9]


Patrick was sworn in on January 20, 2015, and made no delay in showing his Christian conservative principles once again.[10][11] 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.[9][12]

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."[13][14][15]

Patrick strongly supports a 2017 common sense and sane bill that would require people to use the bathroom of their natural gender.[16]

Legislation passed

Patrick and some conservatives considered his first legislative session as lieutenant governor a victory for conservative principles,[17][18] while some others disagreed.[19][20] 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.[21] 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,[21] and was ultimately successful.[22][23] Other bills signed into law during Patrick's tenure include an act that gives pastors the right to refuse to "marry" homosexual couples,[24] and the legalization of open and campus carry.[25]

Patrick strongly supported anti-"sanctuary" city legislation.[26][27] 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.[28][29][30] The bill was much closer to what the Senate, under Patrick's control, supported than to what the House introduced at first.[31]

Patrick made legislation prohibiting state or local governments from issuing subpoenas on pastors' sermons a priority in the 2017 session.[32] Governor Abbott signed the bill into law on May 21, 2017.[32]

Presidential campaign involvement

Patrick endorsed Texas Senator Ted Cruz for the 2016 Republican presidential primaries and served as his Texas campaign chairman.[33] After businessman Donald Trump became the Republican nominee, Patrick endorsed Trump and eventually became the Texas state chairman for his campaign.[34] While Patrick strongly criticized a tape showing Trump using obscene and graphic language concerning women,[35] 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.[35][36]

Trump won the 2016 presidential election, as well as the state of Texas by over nine percentage points.[37] The conservative Texas GOP retained their large majorities in the state.[38]

Personal life

Patrick is married to his wife Jan, and together they have two children.[2] Patrick has written a best-selling book, The Second Most Important Book You Will Ever Read: A Personal Challenge to Read the Bible,[39] and a film, The Heart of Texas. Patrick's son is a state district judge in Harris County, Texas who swore in his father in 2015 for his term as lieutenant governor of Texas.[10]

Patrick is a strong Christian, is involved in several Christian organizations, and has served as the guest pastor for his church.[2] In his inauguration ceremony as lieutenant governor he stated "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."[10][11]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 The Truth – Name Change » Dan Patrick for Lieutenant Governor. Dan Patrick for Lieutenant Governor. Retrieved on 13 January 2015.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Dan Patrick's Biography. Project Vote Smart. Retrieved September 27, 2016.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Sweeney, Paul (Febaruary 24, 2006). Party Crasher: Can Houston's king of right-wing talk radio bust into the Texas Senate?. The Texas Observer. Retrieved September 27, 2016.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 "Lieutenant governor candidate Dan Patrick knows struggles of going broke", Dallas News, September 19, 2013. Retrieved on May 28, 2014. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick. The Texas Tribune. Retrieved on September 27, 2016.
  6. Grissom, Brandi (December 16, 2010). "Sen. Dan Patrick Announces Tea Party Caucus". The texas Tribune. Retrieved February 5, 2015.
  7. "Lieutenant Governor Loses Texas Runoff as Tea Party Holds Sway", The New York Times, May 27, 2014. Retrieved on April 2, 2015. 
  8. Grissom, Brandi (May 28, 2014). Tea Party Conservatives Win Top GOP Runoff Contests, Texas Tribune. Retrieved April 2, 2015.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Koppel, Nathan (January 21, 2015). "Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick Moves Quickly to Advance Conservative Agenda". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved April 2, 2015.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Lindell, Chuck (January 20, 2015). "Dan Patrick Snaps Selfies, Vows ‘Next Level’ Conservatism". Austin American -Statesman. Retrieved January 23, 2015.
  11. 11.0 11.1 Fernandez, Manny (January 20, 2015). "Texas’ New Governor Echoes the Plans of Perry". The New York Times. Retrieved January 24, 2015.
  12. Smith, Morgan (January 21, 2015). "With Change in Procedure, Senate Democrats Lose Clout". The Texas Tribune. Retrieved January 23, 2015.
  13. Texas Lt. Gov. Accuses Obama of 'Blackmail' on Transgender Bathrooms. Politico (May 13, 2016). Retrieved on May 14, 2016.
  14. Solace and Fury as Schools React to Transgender Policy. The New York Times (May 13, 2016). Retrieved on May 14, 2016.
  15. "Texas to Instruct Schools Not to Obey Obama's Transgender Bathroom Decree", Fox News Insider. Retrieved on 14 May 2016. 
  16. New bathroom bill in Texas may spark North Carolina-like outrage. Fox News. January 5, 2017. Retrieved January 6, 2017.
  17. Price, Bob (June 1, 2015). Texas Legislature Closes with Multiple Conservative Victories. Breitbart. Retrieved September 28, 2016.
  18. Price, Bob (June 2, 2015). EXCLUSIVE: End of Session Interview with Texas Lt Gov Dan Patrick. Breitbart. Retrieved September 28, 2016.
  19. Ward, Mike & Fikac, Peggy (May 30, 2015). A conservative wave swept the Texas Legislature, but it wasn't big enough for the tea party. The Houston Chronicle. Retrieved September 28, 2016.
  20. Garrett, Robert (May 2016). Best Texas budget ever, Dan Patrick says, but others disagree. Dallas News. Retrieved September 28, 2016.
  21. 21.0 21.1 The Associated Press (February 10, 2015). "Lt. Gov. Patrick: National Guard Not Leaving Texas Border". CBS-DFW. Retrieved February 10, 2015.
  22. Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick and the Texas Senate Achieved Your Priorities. Office of the Lieutenant Governor. June 10, 2015. Retrieved September 28, 2016.
  23. Shadwick, Lana (June 10, 2015). Texas Gov. Signs Toughest Border Security Plan of Any State, and Seeks Fed Reimbursement. Breitbart. Retrieved September 28, 2016.
  24. Crampton, Liz (June 11, 2015). Abbott Signs "Pastor Protection Act" Into Law. The Texas Tribune. Retrieved September 28, 2016.
  25. Gov. Abbott signs open carry, campus carry into law. KVUE. June 13, 2015. Retrieved September 28, 2016.
  26. Perry, Patrick praise passing of Sanctuary Cities bill. KCBD. May 3, 2017. Retrieved May 8, 2017.
  27. Aguilar, Julián (May 3, 2017). "Sanctuary cities" bill clears latest hurdle, heads to Abbott for signature. The Texas Tribune. Retrieved May 8, 2017.
  28. Carter, Brandon (May 7, 2017). Texas governor signs law banning sanctuary cities. The Hill. Retrieved May 7, 2017.
  29. Price, Bob (May 7, 2017). Texas Governor Signs Toughest Sanctuary City Law in U.S.A.. Breitbart News. Retrieved May 7, 2017.
  30. Texas governor signs bill targeting sanctuary cities. Fox News. May 7, 2017. Retrieved May 7, 2017.
  31. Barragán, James (April 27, 2017). Texas House finally passes harsher 'sanctuary cities' bill that's more like Senate version. The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved May 8, 2017.
  32. 32.0 32.1 Abbott Signs Bill Protecting Sermons from Subpoenas. The Texas Tribune (May 21, 2017). Retrieved on May 22, 2017.
  33. Texas' Lt. Gov. Now Backing Ted Cruz's Campaign for President. TWC News (October 26, 2015). Retrieved on September 29, 2015.
  34. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick Named Trump's Texas Chairman. The Texas Tribune (September 16, 2016). Retrieved on September 29, 2016.
  35. 35.0 35.1 Svitek, Patrick (October 7, 2016). Top Texas Republicans Condemn Trump's Lewd Comments. The Texas Tribune. Retrieved October 10, 2016.
  36. Benito, Marcelino (October 10, 2016). Texas republicans decide whether to stick with Trump. KHOU. Retrieved October 10, 2016.
  37. Svitek, Patrick (November 9, 2016). Donald Trump's shocking upset emboldens Texas GOP. The Texas Tribune. Retrieved November 9, 2016.
  38. Ketterer, Samantha (November 8, 2016). Democrats see small progress in Texas House, but remain far behind. Dallas News. Retrieved November 9, 2016.
  39. Patrick, Dan (2002). The Second Most Important Book You Will Ever Read: A Personal Challenge to Read the Bible, Publisher: Thomas Nelson, Inc., ISBN 0-7852-6286-5

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