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Dan Patrick
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Member of the Texas Senate
from the 7th district
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 9, 2007
Preceded by Jon Lindsay
Personal details
Born Daniel Scott Goeb
(1950-04-04) April 4, 1950 (age 64)
Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Janetlea Patricia Rankin (1975-present)
Children Ryan (b. 1979)
Shane (b. 1984)
Residence Cypress, near Houston, Texas
Alma mater University of Maryland, Baltimore County (B.A.)
Occupation Radio host, politician, businessman
Religion Baptist
Website Campaign website
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Dan Goeb Patrick (born Dannie Scott Goeb;[1] April 4, 1950)[2][3] is an American radio talk show host and politician from Houston, Texas. He is currently serving his second term as a Republican member of the Texas Senate representing the 7th District, which includes a small portion of the city of Houston and several Houston-area suburbs located mostly in northwest Harris County.

Patrick defeated three-term incumbent David Dewhurst in the May 27, 2014, Republican runoff election for Lieutenant Governor of Texas.[4]

Early life and career[edit]

Patrick was born in Baltimore, Maryland, on April 4, 1950. He was reared in a blue-collar neighborhood in East Baltimore.[3] He is the only child of Charles Anthony Goeb (1926-2002), who worked at the Baltimore Sun for thirty-one years as a newspaper vendor, <San Antonio Express News/article April 17, 2014>[dead link] before retiring in 1984, and the former Vilma Jean Marshall. In later life, he legally changed his surname from Goeb to Patrick.[5]

Patrick graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County; he is the first member of his family to graduate from college.[2][3][6]

After college, in 1977, Patrick became a television broadcaster in Scranton, Pennsylvania. He later held a similar position in Washington, D.C., before becoming a sportscaster with KHOU-TV in Houston.[3]

During the 1980s, he was a co-owner of five sports bars in Houston; his mother was the company bookkeeper. Questions later arose during the 2014 lieutenant governor's race about the immigration status of one of Patrick's employees, Miguel "Mike" Andrade. Patrick and Andrade offered different recollections about Andrade's employment. The matter was raised by one of Patrick's opponents, Jerry Patterson, who questioned Patrick's declared commitment to halt illegal immigration.[7]

In 1986, after the sports bars failed, he filed for personal bankruptcy. In October 1992, the case was closed, discharging several hundred thousand dollars in remaining debts.[8]

In 2006, Patrick signed a deal to purchase the radio station KMGS AM 1160 in Highland Park, Texas. The station is now known as KVCE.[9]

In November 2008, Patrick began work to produce The Heart of Texas, a movie based on a real-life story of two families in Simonton, a small Houston-area city. The movie was released the next year on DVD.[10][11]

Patrick currently hosts a conservative radio talk show. The program, Dan Patrick & Friends, is broadcast in Houston on KSEV 700 AM and in Dallas on KVCE 1160 AM.[12][13]

Texas Senate[edit]

First term[edit]

Patrick was first elected to Texas State Senate's seventh district in 2006, winning the primary election with 68.8% of the vote and the general election with 69.2% of the vote.[2] His term began on January 9, 2007 with the convening of the Eightieth Texas Legislature.

During his first month as a legislator, Patrick introduced Senate Bill 186,[14] which, if passed, would have made abortion in Texas illegal should the Supreme Court overturn Roe v. Wade. The bill was co-sponsored by fellow Texas state senators Craig Estes and Glenn Hegar.[15]

Patrick obtained passage of three Senate bills during his first session, the fewest number among the five freshmen senators.[16] The other four freshmen Senators—Glenn Hegar (32 Senate bills passed), Kirk Watson (15 Senate bills passed), Robert Nichols (14 Senate bills passed), and Carlos Uresti (12 bills passed) – had previous government experience in other capacities.[17]

Patrick proposed a boycott of Bill Maher's television show Politically Incorrect over controversial statements made by the comedian following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.[18] Patrick is also frequently at odds with the Houston Chronicle and announced a boycott of that newspaper in April 2004.[19]

Second term[edit]

In the 2010 general election, Patrick was reelected with 86.4% of the vote.[2] He also endorsed Rick Perry for re-election in the 2010 election.[20]

W. Gardner Selby, editor of the Austin American-Statesman's "PolitiFact Texas", listed Patrick as third among the top 10 Republican political influencers in Texas (Texas Influencers, August 2010). Patrick is also listed in Texas Monthly (Power Company, February 2011) as one of the state's most powerful players.

In May 2012, acrimony between Patrick and fellow Republican State Senator John Carona was widely reported throughout Texas.[21][22][23][24] In an email exchange, Patrick accused Carona of spreading false rumors about Patrick's marriage. Carona denied that, and additionally denied having commented on Patrick's sexuality.[21][22][24] Carona further said to Patrick: "I've never been shy about sharing my dislike and distrust of you. Put bluntly, I believe you are a snake oil salesman, a narcissist that would say anything to draw attention to himself."[21][24] News reports suggest that the feud was motivated by positioning to succeed David Dewhurst as lieutenant governor should Dewhurst have won a seat as U.S. Senator in 2012.[21][22]

Committee assignments[edit]

  • Committee on Education (Chair)
  • Committee on Criminal Justice
  • Committee on Finance
  • Committee on Health & Human Services
  • Committee on Intergovernmental Relations
  • Committee on Finance
    • Subcommittee on Fiscal Matters
    • Subcommittee on Public Education Funding
    • Subcommittee on Higher Education Funding

Political positions[edit]

Abortion[edit]

Patrick opposes abortion and supported Texas's "Mandatory Ultrasound Bill", a bill signed into law in May 2011 by Governor Perry, which requires women seeking abortion to have a sonogram of the fetus taken at least twenty-four hours before the abortion is performed.

Education[edit]

Patrick supports increasing the number of charter schools in the state.[25]

In February 2011, Patrick, who at the time was vice chairman of the Texas senate's Committee on Education, spoke in favor of cutting an unspecified number of non-teaching positions from the state's public school districts, citing positions such as "math department supervisors" or "curriculum experts".[26][27] At the time, Patrick cited a statistic later determined to be misleading by PolitiFact.com that Texas's 1,200+ public school districts, considered as a group, are the fifth-largest employer in the world.[28]

On January 27, 2011 on his radio show, Patrick defended his proposed 20 percent cuts to Texas education funding by saying that anything but engineering and medical research is "research nobody cares about" which he "will get rid of."[29]

Patrick is on record as determined to establish creationism into the public school curriculum in Texas, despite court rulings that such a policy would violate the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.[30]

Fiscal conservatism[edit]

Patrick identifies the experience of his personal bankruptcy as having shaped his conservatism in fiscal policy.[8] Patrick joined with restaurateur Edd Hendee and former local tax official Paul Bettencourt, both on-air hosts on Patrick's station, to form Citizens Lowering Our Unfair Taxes (CLOUT), a political organization that was originally formed to push for lower property taxes in Texas.[citation needed]

Immigration[edit]

Patrick opposes illegal immigration, has expressed support for Arizona’s SB 1070 immigration enforcement law, and supports passing a similar law in Texas that would allow local law enforcement to ask lawfully-stopped individuals about their immigration status and would make it a state misdemeanor to be present in Texas as an illegal immigrant.[25]

Marriage equality[edit]

On February 26, 2014, following a federal court ruling the Texas ban on Same-Sex Marriage unconstitutional, Patrick asserted his position that marriage is a union between one man and one woman. He then further stated his intentions to fight such decisions should he be elected to the Lt. Governor's office.[31][32]

Domestic partner benefits[edit]

In November 2012, Patrick asked Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott's office to issue an opinion on the constitutionality of government entities providing domestic partner insurance benefits. (An amendment to the Texas Constitution in 2005 limits marriage to heterosexual relationships and prohibits similar, alternative legal arrangements.) Patrick did not disclose his own views on homosexual marriage or civil unions. He told the Houston Chronicle that his request was prompted by Dallas County's November 2012 decision and an Austin-area public school district's October 2012 decision to join other Texas cities and counties in extending benefits to their unmarried employees' heterosexual or homosexual partners.[33]

Statutory rape laws[edit]

Patrick was interviewed extensively on ABC's 20/20 segment "The Age of Consent: When Young Love Is a Sex Crime," defending his position favoring very tough Texas statutory rape laws. "While it seems unfair, he was 19, she was 15," says Patrick, "That's the price you pay. Even if you end up getting married."[34]

Personal life[edit]

Patrick's first marriage ended in divorce. His second wife, the former Janetlea "Jan" Patricia Rankin, is a former teacher. The couple were married in 1975 and live in the Houston suburb of Cypress. They have two children, Ryan and Shane.[3][35]

In January, 1986, Patrick attempted suicide by taking an overdose of Imipramine, an anti-depressant, and attempting to slash his right wrist. He was subsequently admitted to Spring Shadows Glen, a Houston psychiatric hospital, for severe depression. In the early 1980s, Patrick was hospitalized several weeks at another psychiatric facility, Memorial City, for "fatigue, exhaustion".[36]

2014 campaign[edit]

On June 26, 2013, Patrick announced he would challenge incumbent Republican David Dewhurst in the Republican primary for lieutenant governor in 2014.[37] This challenge comes despite Patrick's enthusiastic endorsement of Dewhurst in his failed 2012 bid for the U.S. Senate.[38][39]

In his race for lieutenant governor, Patrick was endorsed in July 2013 by Mike Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas who ran unsuccessfully for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination. In 2012, Huckabee had also endorsed David Dewhurst for the U.S. Senate nomination for the seat vacated by Kay Bailey Hutchison.[40] Victory went, however, to the Republican Ted Cruz.

At a candidate forum in College Station in January 2014, Patrick said that he and two other challengers to Dewhurst, Jerry E. Patterson and Todd Staples, could have sought reelection in their current positions as Land Commissioner and Texas Commissioner of Agriculture, respectively, but were instead "putting our positions on the line because we need new leadership. ... An energetic, passionate conservative to lead the Senate."[41]

At the candidate forum, Patrick described education as a key issue in his campaigin because of the 25 percent statewide high school drop-out rate. The is even 40 to 50 percent in the inner cities: "We do not have a future in the state of Texas if we have half of the next adult population -- majority being Hispanic -- don't have a high school degree," Patrick said.[41]

Patrick said that he would as lieutenant governor work to secure the border with Mexico and to abolish sanctuary cities and in-state tuition for illegal immigrants. He also called for lowering property taxes.[41]

Patrick led the four-candidate field in the primary with 550,769 votes (41.5 percent). Dewhurst followed with 376,196 (28.3 percent); Staples, with 235,981 (17.8 percent), and Patterson, 165,787 (12.5 percent).[42]

Works[edit]

Election History[edit]

Most recent election[edit]

2014[edit]

Republican primary runoff results, May 27, 2014: Lieutenant Governor of Texas[43]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Dan Patrick 488,150 65.04%
Republican David Dewhurst - Incumbent 262,303 34.95%
Totals 750,453 100%

2006[edit]

Texas general election, 2006: Senate District 7[44]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Dan Patrick 118,067 69.19
Democratic F. Michael Kubosh 52,586 30.81
Majority 65,481 38.37
Turnout 170,653
Republican hold
Republican primary, 2006: Senate District 7[45]
Candidate Votes % ±%
Mark Ellis 2,545 6.07
Peggy Hamric 6,900 16.45
Joe Nixon 3,629 8.65
Dan Patrick 28,860 68.82
Turnout 41,934

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.danpatrick.org/truth/
  2. ^ a b c d "State Sen. Dan Patrick". Elected Officials Directory. Retrieved 3 November 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Swartz, Mimi (January 2007). "Here Comes Trouble". Texas Monthly. Retrieved November 3, 2012.  (registration required)
  4. ^ Dan Patrick wins GOP nomination for Texas lieutenant governor -Terrence Stutz and Robert Garrett, Dallas Morning News
  5. ^ "GOEB 12/20/2002". Houston Chronicle. December 20, 2002. Retrieved November 3, 2012. [dead link][dead link]
  6. ^ "Senator Dan Patrick: District 7". Members of the Texas State Senate. Texas Senate. Retrieved November 3, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Patrick: No knowledge of worker's status", Laredo Morning Times, February 20, 2014, p. 8A
  8. ^ a b "Lieutenant governor candidate Dan Patrick knows struggles of going broke". Dallas News. September 19, 2013. Retrieved May 28, 2014. 
  9. ^ Mack, Kristen (June 23, 2006). "Alvarado looks in Dallas for Latino legal support". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved November 3, 2012. 
  10. ^ Hoffman, Ken (November 19, 2008). "State Sen. Dan Patrick, Hollywood is calling". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved November 4, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Press release announcing DVD's release". BigNews.biz. January 31, 2009. Retrieved November 4, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Dan Patrick host bio". 1160 KVCE AM Radio Dallas. Retrieved November 4, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Dan Patrick host information page". KSEV Radio – 700 AM. Retrieved November 4, 2012. 
  14. ^ "80(R) SB 186 - Introduced version - Bill Text". Capitol.state.tx.us. 2007-09-01. Retrieved 2014-05-01. 
  15. ^ "80(R) History for SB 186". Texas Legislature Online. Retrieved November 4, 2012. 
  16. ^ Texas Senate website -- http://www.legis.state.tx.us/Reports/Report.aspx?ID=author&LegSess=80R&code=A1430.
  17. ^ Texas Senate website -- http://www.senate.state.tx.us/75r/senate/Members.htm.
  18. ^ "Beyond City Limits: Dan Patrick, Fairness Isn't Enough for Dan", Austin Chronicle, April 12, 2007.
  19. ^ Abrahams, Tom. "Radio talk show host launches boycott against local newspaper", ABC-TV 13 Houston, April 9, 2004.
  20. ^ [1][dead link]
  21. ^ a b c d Ward, Mike (May 7, 2012). "Emails provide rare glimpse inside Senate politics". Austin American-Statesman. Retrieved November 4, 2012. 
  22. ^ a b c Fikac, Peggy (May 7, 2012). "Senators' nasty emails refer to personal lives". San Antonio Express News. Retrieved May 8, 2012. 
  23. ^ Fikac, Peggy (May 7, 2012). "Senators Patrick, Carona make it personal in email spat". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved May 8, 2012. 
  24. ^ a b c Heid, Jason (May 7, 2012). "Gossip Wars: Sens. John Carona and Dan Patrick". D Magazine. Retrieved May 8, 2012. 
  25. ^ a b "Press Release from the Office of State Senator Dan Patrick: Senator Dan Patrick Files Conservative Agenda". Texas State Senate. November 8, 2010. Retrieved November 4, 2012. 
  26. ^ Smith, Morgan (February 25, 2011). "Do Texas Schools Spend Too Much on Administration?". The Texas Tribune. Retrieved November 4, 2012. 
  27. ^ "Committee Information for 81st Session's Senate Committee on Education". Texas State Senate. Retrieved November 4, 2012. 
  28. ^ "Mostly False: Dan Patrick Says Texas school districts are the fifth largest employers in the world.". PolitiFact.com. Retrieved November 4, 2012. 
  29. ^ "The Dan Patrick Show", radio broadcast, January 28th, 2011
  30. ^ "All Four GOP Texas Lieutenant Governor Candidates Want to Violate the U.S. Constitution".  http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/01/29/creationism_and_texas_once_more_into_the_breach_of_education.html?wpisrc=burger_bar
  31. ^ "Twitter / DanPatrick: I want to re-emphasize my long". Twitter.com. 2014-02-26. Retrieved 2014-05-01. 
  32. ^ "Twitter / DanPatrick: As Lieutenant Governor I'll". Twitter.com. 2014-02-26. Retrieved 2014-05-01. 
  33. ^ Hassan, Anita (November 2, 2012). "Sen. Patrick questions legality of domestic partnership benefits". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved November 4, 2012. 
  34. ^ Stossel, John; Gena Binkley and Andrew G. Sullivan (2008-03-07). "The Age of Consent: When Young Love Is a Sex Crime". ABC News (ABCNews Internet Ventures). Retrieved 2008-07-19. 
  35. ^ "The Texas State Senate: District 7". Texas State Senate. Retrieved November 4, 2012. 
  36. ^ "Mental issues take center stage in GOP runoff", San Antonio Express-News, May 17, 2014, p. 1
  37. ^ Hamilton, Reeve (2013-07-07). "Coming Out Swinging, Dan Patrick Announces for Lt. Gov.". The Texas Tribune. Retrieved 2014-05-01. 
  38. ^ "JoAnn Fleming Slams Patrick Over Dewhurst Endorsement". RedState. Retrieved 2014-05-01. 
  39. ^ Messamore, Andrew (2012-07-26). "Dan Patrick endorses Dewhurst - Texas Politics". Blog.chron.com. Retrieved 2014-05-01. 
  40. ^ "Patrick touts Huckabee endorsement, July 23, 2013". blog.chron.com. Retrieved July 24, 2013. 
  41. ^ a b c "Beth Brown, "GOP lieutenant governor candidates reach out to Bryan-College Station voters," January 9, 2013". Bryan-College Station Eagle. Retrieved January 9, 2014. 
  42. ^ "Republican primary election returns, March 4, 2014". enr.sos.state.tx.us. Retrieved March 5, 2014. 
  43. ^ Texas Secretary of State, May 27, 2014.
  44. ^ "2006 General Election". Office of the Secretary of State (Texas). Retrieved 2006-12-23. 
  45. ^ "2006 Republican Party Primary Election". Office of the Secretary of State (Texas). Retrieved 2006-12-23. 

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Texas Senate
Preceded by
Jon Lindsay
Texas State Senator
from District 7 (Houston)

2007 – present
Incumbent