Dan Patrick (Texas politician)
|Member of the Texas Senate
from the 7th district
January 9, 2007
|Preceded by||Jon Lindsay|
|Born||Daniel Scott Goeb
April 4, 1950
Baltimore, Maryland, USA
(2) 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|
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Dan Goeb Patrick (born Daniel Scott Goeb; April 4, 1950) 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.
- 1 Early life and career
- 2 Texas Senate
- 3 Political positions
- 4 Personal life
- 5 2014 campaign
- 6 Works
- 7 Election History
- 8 See also
- 9 References
- 10 External links
Early life and career
Patrick was born in Baltimore, Maryland, on April 4, 1950. He was reared in a blue-collar neighborhood in East Baltimore. He is the only child of Charles Anthony Goeb (1926-2002), who worked at the Baltimore Sun for thirty-one years before retiring in 1984, and the former Vilma Jean Marshall. In later life, he legally changed his surname from Goeb to Patrick.
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.
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.
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.
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. 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 , 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.
Patrick obtained passage of three Senate bills during his first session, the fewest number among the five freshmen senators. 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.
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. Patrick is also frequently at odds with the Houston Chronicle and announced a boycott of that newspaper in April 2004.
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. In an email exchange, Patrick accused Carona of spreading false rumors about Patrick's marriage; Carona denied that and additionally denied commenting on Patrick's sexuality. 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." 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.
- 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
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.
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". 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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
On February 26th, 2014, following a federal court ruling the Texas ban on Same-Sex Marriage was unconstitutional, Patrick asserted his belief in marriage being between one man and one woman. He then further stated his intentions to fight such decisions should he elected to the Lt. Governor's office.
Domestic partner benefits
In November 2012, Patrick asked Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott's office to issue an opinion on the constitutionality of government entities to provide 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.
Statutory rape laws
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."
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.
Patrick's son Ryan, born in 1979, had been an Assistant District Attorney in Harris County since 2006 and was appointed as the 177th Criminal District Court judge on August 24, 2012. On November 6, 2012, he was elected to a full four-year term. He graduated in 2001 from Baylor University in Waco, Texas. Ryan and his wife, Kellie, have one son, Zachary.
The Patricks' daughter Shane was born in 1984 and graduated in 2006 from Baylor University and works as a nurse.
On June 26, 2013, Patrick announced he would challenge incumbent Republican David Dewhurst in the Republican primary for lieutenant governor in 2014. This challenge comes despite Patrick's enthusiastic endorsement of Dewhurst in his failed 2012 bid for the U.S. Senate.
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.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, Jerrey 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."
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.
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.
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).
- 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
- The Heart of Texas Movie. link title Dan Patrick, Executive Producer. 2009 Plaid Shirt Pictures and Media Tech, Inc.
Most recent election
|Texas general election, 2006: Senate District 7|
|Democratic||F. Michael Kubosh||52,586||30.81|
|Republican primary, 2006: Senate District 7|
- "State Sen. Dan Patrick". Elected Officials Directory. Retrieved 3 November 2012.
- Swartz, Mimi (January 2007). "Here Comes Trouble". Texas Monthly. Retrieved November 3, 2012. (registration required)
- "GOEB 12/20/2002". Houston Chronicle. December 20, 2002. Retrieved November 3, 2012.
- "Senator Dan Patrick: District 7". Members of the Texas State Senate. Texas Senate. Retrieved November 3, 2012.
- "Patrick: No knowledge of worker's status", Laredo Morning Times, February 20, 2014, p. 8A
- Mack, Kristen (June 23, 2006). "Alvarado looks in Dallas for Latino legal support". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved November 3, 2012.
- Hoffman, Ken (November 19, 2008). "State Sen. Dan Patrick, Hollywood is calling". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved November 4, 2012.
- "Press release announcing DVD's release". BigNews.biz. January 31, 2009. Retrieved November 4, 2012.
- "Dan Patrick host bio". 1160 KVCE AM Radio Dallas. Retrieved November 4, 2012.
- "Dan Patrick host information page". KSEV Radio – 700 AM. Retrieved November 4, 2012.
- "80(R) History for SB 186". Texas Legislature Online. Retrieved November 4, 2012.
- Texas Senate website -- http://www.legis.state.tx.us/Reports/Report.aspx?ID=author&LegSess=80R&code=A1430.
- Texas Senate website -- http://www.senate.state.tx.us/75r/senate/Members.htm.
- "Beyond City Limits: Dan Patrick, Fairness Isn't Enough for Dan", Austin Chronicle, April 12, 2007.
- Abrahams, Tom. "Radio talk show host launches boycott against local newspaper", ABC-TV 13 Houston, April 9, 2004.
- Ward, Mike (May 7, 2012). "Emails provide rare glimpse inside Senate politics". Austin American-Stateman. Retrieved November 4, 2012.
- Fikac, Peggy (May 7, 2012). "Senators' nasty emails refer to personal lives". San Antonio Express News. Retrieved May 8, 2012.
- Fikac, Peggy (May 7, 2012). "Senators Patrick, Carona make it personal in email spat". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved May 8, 2012.
- Heid, Jason (May 7, 2012). "Gossip Wars: Sens. John Carona and Dan Patrick". D Magazine. Retrieved May 8, 2012.
- "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.
- Smith, Morgan (February 25, 2011). "Do Texas Schools Spend Too Much on Administration?". The Texas Tribune. Retrieved November 4, 2012.
- "Committee Information for 81st Session's Senate Committee on Education". Texas State Senate. Retrieved November 4, 2012.
- "Mostly False: Dan Patrick Says Texas school districts are the fifth largest employers in the world.". PolitiFact.com. Retrieved November 4, 2012.
- "The Dan Patrick Show", radio broadcast, January 28th, 2011
- "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
- Hassan, Anita (November 2, 2012). "Sen. Patrick questions legality of domestic partnership benefits". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved November 4, 2012.
- 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.
- "The Texas State Senate: District 7". Texas State Senate. Retrieved November 4, 2012.
- "About Ryan". Ryan Patrick for Judge. Retrieved November 3, 2012.
- John, Kelso (May 13, 2007). "Moms, Dan's Day Care is ready to help". Austin American-Statesman. p. B01.
- "Patrick touts Huckabee endorsement, July 23, 2013". blog.chron.com. Retrieved July 24, 2013.
- "Beth Brown, "GOP lieutenant governor candidates reach out to Bryan-College Station voters," January 9, 2013". Bryan-College Station Eagle. Retrieved January 9, 2014.
- "Republican primary election returns, March 4, 2014". enr.sos.state.tx.us. Retrieved March 5, 2014.
- "2006 General Election". Office of the Secretary of State (Texas). Retrieved 2006-12-23.
- "2006 Republican Party Primary Election". Office of the Secretary of State (Texas). Retrieved 2006-12-23.
- Dan Patrick campaign site
- Biography, voting record, and interest group ratings at Project Vote Smart
- The Voice of Texas Foundation Dan Patrick for Texas Governor PAC
- Texas Observer article, "Party Crasher"
- Rice Thresher article, "Shock-jock senator tunes out left, turns off right"
- CLOUT Patrick's political organization.
- Lone Star Times, Weblog launched by Patrick, but no longer owned by or formally affiliated with him.
- Chronically Biased, a website critical of the Houston Chronicle maintained by Patrick until 2005
|Texas State Senator
from District 7 (Houston)
2007 – present