Tribpedia: Dan Patrick

Dan Patrick is a strong fiscal and social conservative who has led the charge on important legislation like small business tax cuts and the sonogram bill. Since arriving in the Senate in 2007 he has learned to build coalitions to pass over 100 pieces of legislation and has become a key ally to others. In his three sessions, Dan has ...

Texas Tribune Executive Editor Ross Ramsey on WFAA's Inside Texas Politics on Jan.25, 2014.
Texas Tribune Executive Editor Ross Ramsey on WFAA's Inside Texas Politics on Jan.25, 2014.

Inside Texas Politics: A Quiet One and a Loud One

On this week's edition of WFAA-TV's Inside Texas Politics with host Jason Whitely, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Bud Kennedy and Tribune Executive Editor Ross Ramsey talk about the personal styles of Texas' new governor and lieutenant governor.

Then-state Rep. Larry Taylor, R-Friendswood, is shown on the second-to-last day of the first-called special session during the 82nd Legislature on June 27, 2011. Taylor was elected to the Texas Senate in 2012.
Then-state Rep. Larry Taylor, R-Friendswood, is shown on the second-to-last day of the first-called special session during the 82nd Legislature on June 27, 2011. Taylor was elected to the Texas Senate in 2012.

Patrick Sets Committees; Taylor Gets Education

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick's office on Friday announced new committee members. Among the new chairs: State Sen. Larry Taylor, R-Friendswood, who will lead the Senate Education Committee.

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, left, with State Sen. Kevin Eltife, R-Tyler, sponsor of the resolution that changed Senate voting rules on Jan. 21, 2015.
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, left, with State Sen. Kevin Eltife, R-Tyler, sponsor of the resolution that changed Senate voting rules on Jan. 21, 2015.

With Change in Procedure, Senate Democrats Lose Clout

With a new lieutenant governor installed for the first time in over a decade Wednesday — and over the cries of Democrats — the Texas Senate voted to break from an almost 70-year tradition intended to encourage compromise among its members.

Gov. Greg Abbott and his family greet the crowd at the 2015 Texas Inaugural Ball on Jan. 20, 2015.
Gov. Greg Abbott and his family greet the crowd at the 2015 Texas Inaugural Ball on Jan. 20, 2015.

Black Tie Gala Closes Out Texas Inaugural Festivities

Three different musical acts — along with six cash bars — entertained an estimated 10,000 guests including lawmakers from both parties, legislative staff, Capitol lobbyists and some of the state’s top political donors to close out the day's inaugural festivities.

Dan Patrick at a press conference on Jan. 15, 2015.
Dan Patrick at a press conference on Jan. 15, 2015.

Companies Tied to Patrick's Advisers Lobby Heavily

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has set an ambitious agenda for his first legislative session, and there to guide him will be a newly minted private advisory council. A Tribune analysis reveals that the companies owned and operated by many of the people Patrick has appointed to the council heavily lobby the Legislature and rake in millions of dollars in state contracts.

Governor- and Lieutenant Governor-elect Greg Abbott and Dan Patrick will be inaugurated into office on Jan. 20, 2015.
Governor- and Lieutenant Governor-elect Greg Abbott and Dan Patrick will be inaugurated into office on Jan. 20, 2015.

Pomp and Circumstance to Usher in New Abbott Era

Gov.-elect Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov.-elect Dan Patrick will officially drop the "elect" from their titles on Tuesday during an elaborate daylong inauguration celebration that has been months in the making. Cecilia Abbott will also make history as the first Latina first lady of Texas.

Gov.-elect Greg Abbott (left), Lt. Gov.-elect Dan Patrick and Supreme Court Chief Justice Nathan Hecht are shown in the House chamber on Jan. 13, 2015, the first day of the 84th Legislative Session.
Gov.-elect Greg Abbott (left), Lt. Gov.-elect Dan Patrick and Supreme Court Chief Justice Nathan Hecht are shown in the House chamber on Jan. 13, 2015, the first day of the 84th Legislative Session.

Analysis: The New Guys and an Election Four Years Away

Sure, it's early to talk about the 2018 governor's race. But think about this legislative session and the new faces in state offices and the issues that are developing: This is what you'll be looking back on when that 2018 race starts to form. And the new governor and lieutenant governor could be at the center of that future conversation.

Glenn Hegar (far right) stands with chief revenue estimators past and future. From left: Dale Craymer, Billy Hamilton and Tom Currah, the incoming estimator.
Glenn Hegar (far right) stands with chief revenue estimators past and future. From left: Dale Craymer, Billy Hamilton and Tom Currah, the incoming estimator.

The Brief: The Revenue Man Speaks

Glenn Hegar, the state's new comptroller, today releases his revenue estimate for the next two years, which will go a long way to setting the early tone for the 84th Legislature.

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 1/5/15

Livingston, Daniel and McCullough on the Texas ties in the next presidential race, Blanchard has the latest election results, Aguilar on attempts to slip past border security, Hamilton sits down with the new chancellor at the University of Texas, Hershaw prepares a goodbye for some license plates, Langford with the latest in a state contracting scandal, McCrimmon on Gov.-elect Greg Abbott’s plans and M. Smith on Lt. Gov.-elect Dan Patrick’s priorities, Ura on the legal battle over Texas abortion laws, Satija on the prospects for a controversial Dallas water supply, Murphy notes an update to our Salaries Explorer, and Dehn and Rocha with this week’s political roundup: The best of our best content for Jan. 5 to 9, 2015.