Diane Patrick

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Diane Porter Patrick​

Texas State Representative for
District 94 (Tarrant County)​
In office
January 2007​ – January 13, 2015 ​
Preceded by Kent Grusendorf
Succeeded by Tony Tinderholt ​

Born January 9, 1946​
Place of birth missing​
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Ned Howard Patrick, D.D.S.
Children Craig Madison Patrick​

Claire Louise Casteel​

Residence Arlington, Texas, USA​
Alma mater Longview (Texas) High School​

Baylor University
​ University of Texas at Arlington

Occupation Former educator​

Diane Porter Patrick (born January 9, 1946),[1]is a Republican former four-term state representative for District 94 in Tarrant County, Texas. [2]

First elected in 2006, Patrick, a Moderate Republican, was unseated in the Republican primary election] held on March 4, 2014 by her conservative intra-party rival, Tony Tinderholt, who polled 7,489 votes (55.4 percent) to Patrick's 6,018 (44.6 percent).[3]​ Both candidates reside in Arlington, Texas.


Patrick attended Longview High School in Longview in East Texas. In 1966, she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in professional education from the Southern Baptist-affiliated Baylor University in Waco, Texas. She also holds Master of Arts (1969) and Doctor of Philosophy (1999) degrees from the University of North Texas in Denton. She is a former professor at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth and at her alma mater, UT-Arlington.[1]

She taught in the Richardson and Birdville independent school districts from 1967 to 1971 and 1986 to 1989, respectively. From 1981 to 1992, Patrick was a trustee and later board president of the Arlington Independent School District. In 1992, she was elected to a single four-year term to the Texas State Board of Education.[1] She did not seek reelection to the state board in 1996 and was succeeded by fellow Republican Richard Neill.[3]

Patrick is a member of the Junior League, Rotary International, the Arlington Republican Club, and Reagan Legacy Republican Women. In 2007, The Dallas Morning News dubbed her the best of the freshman class of legislators.[1]

Patrick and her husband, Ned Howard Patrick (born c. 1944), a dentist, have two children, Craig Madison Patrick (born c. 1970) and Claire Patrick Casteel and husband, Brandon Garrett Casteel (both born c. 1974).[1]

Political life[edit]

In the 1992 Republican primary, Patrick defeated Forrest Edward Watson (born c. 1935) for the party nomination to the District 11 seat on the State Board of Education. She polled 36,736 ballots (59.3 percent) to Watson's 25,258 votes (40.7 percent).[4] Patrick then defeated in the general election the Libertarian Jerilyn Kay "Jeri" Barthel (born c. 1956) of Arlington, 341,029 votes (83.5 percent) to 67,502 (16.5 percent).[5]

In the 2006 Republican primary, Patrick challenged theconservative incumbent Representative Kent Grusendorf over his support for school vouchers and her opposition to them. She attributed her victory to the vouchers issue.[6] Patrick prevailed, 5,973 (58.1 percent) to Grusendorf's 4,308 (41.9 percent).[7]​ ​ In 2008, then Speaker Tom Craddick of Midland, appointed Patrick and futures trader Salem Abraham, a school board member in Canadian in Hemphill County, to the Public School Accountability Task Force, a group established to oversee a new educational accountability system for public education. Abraham also served on the legislative committee for the Texas Association of School Boards.[8]

In the 2012 House primary, Patrick easily prevailed over Trina Desiree Lanza (born c. 1969) of Colleyville, 7,310 votes (74.7 percent) to 2,472 (25.3 percent).[9]

In 2013, in her last regular legislative session, Patrick served on these House committees: (1) Appropriations, (2) Higher Education (vice chair), and (3) Rules and Resolutions. She also sat on the Joint Committee of Oversight of Higher Ed Governance, Excellence & Transparency.[1]

Patrick supported the ban on abortion after twenty weeks of gestation in 2013, the bill passed the House, 96-49, and was quickly blocked by liberal federal courts. She also backed companion legislation to increase medical and licensing requirements of abortion providers.[10] These issues brought forth an unsuccessful filibuster in the Texas State Senate by Wendy Russell Davis of Fort Worth,[11]who in 2014 was the unsuccessful Democratic nominee for governor, having lost to the Republican Greg Abbott. The Texas Right to Life Committee rated Patrick 67 percent favorable in 2013, and 60 percent in 2011.[12]

Patrick voted to establish a taxpayer-funded breakfast program for public schools, which passed the House, 73-58. She supported legislation to provide marshals for school security as a separate law-enforcement entity. She backed the successful bill to extend the franchise tax exemption to certain businesses. Patrick co-sponsored the bill to prohibit texting while driving. She voted to require testing for narcotics of those receiving unemployment compensation. She voted for the "equal pay for women" measure, which passed the House, 78-61,[10]​ though the issue had been addressed with the Pay Equity Act of 1963.

Patrick supported the measure to forbid the state from engaging in the enforcement of federal regulations of firearms. She voted to allow college and university officials to carry concealed weapons in the name of campus security. She supported legislation to reduce the time required to obtain a concealed-carry permit. She backed the redistricting bills for the state House, the Texas Senate, and the United States House of Representatives. Patrick voted to establish term limits for certain state officials.[10]

In 2013, Phyllis Schlafly's Eagle Forum, formerly managed in Texas by Cathie Adams, a former interim state chairman of the Texas Republican Party, rated Patrick 65 percent favorable, and the Sierra Club scored her 36 percent. Texans for Fiscal Responsibility, founded by activist Michael Quinn Sullivan, rated her 37 percent favorable in 2013 and 13 percent in 2011, low scores for a Republican member of the legislature. The Texas Association of Business rated Patrick 92 percent favorable throughout her House tenure. The National Rifle Association rated her 67 percent in a 2012 survey. In 2009, the Libertarian Party rated her 61 percent favorable on issues of economic freedom and personal liberties.[12]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Diane Patrick's Biography. votesmart.org. Retrieved on June 22, 2020.
  2. Texas House Member: Rep. Patrick, Diane (District 94). house.state.tx.us. Retrieved on March 9, 2014.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Texas Secretary of State, Republican primary election returns, March 4, 2014.
  4. Texas Secretary of State, Republican primary election returns, March 10, 1992.
  5. Texas Secretary of State, General election returns, November 3, 1992.
  6. In Search of a New Agenda: What to look for in the 2007 Texas Legislature. austinchronicle.com (January 12, 2007). Retrieved on June 22, 2020.
  7. Texas Secretary of State, Republican primary election returns, March 7, 2006.
  8. Craddick announces his appointments to the Public School Accountability Task Force. Texas House of Representative (January 22, 2008). Retrieved on June 22, 2020.
  9. Texas Secretary of State, Republican primary election returns, May 29, 2012.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Diane Patrick's Voting Records. Project Vote Smart. Retrieved on June 22, 2020.
  11. Fernandez, M. (June 25, 2013). Filibuster in Texas Senate Tries to Halt Abortion Bill. The New York Times. Retrieved on June 22, 2020.
  12. 12.0 12.1 Diane Patrick's Ratings and Endorsements. Project Vote Smart. Retrieved on June 22, 2020.