Tribpedia: David Dewhurst

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst is just the third Republican since Reconstruction to hold the seat in Texas. First elected to the post in 2002, he is in now in his third term, having served longer than all but two of his predecessors.

In July 2011, he announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Kay Bailey ...

The Brief: The Texas-BLM Conflict Explained

Map of disputed 116-miles stretch of the Red River.
Map of disputed 116-miles stretch of the Red River.

As state officials prepare to meet with the man who has become the face of the increasingly politicized spat between Texas and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, the Tribune's Jim Malewitz has an exhaustive background story on the seeds of the conflict.

Texas Tribune Executive Editor Ross Ramsey on WFAA-TV's "Inside Texas Politics" on April 27, 2014.
Texas Tribune Executive Editor Ross Ramsey on WFAA-TV's "Inside Texas Politics" on April 27, 2014.

Inside Texas Politics: The Quest for Hot Sauce

On this week's edition of WFAA-TV's Inside Texas Politics, I talked with host Jason Whitely and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Bud Kennedy about state Sen. Ken Paxton's ethics filings, the grand jury investigation into Gov. Rick Perry's attempt to dislodge Travis Co. DA Rosemary Lehmberg before and after her DUI conviction, and more.

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, l, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and Gov. Rick Perry at a Capitol press conference on Medicaid on April 1, 2013.
U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, l, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and Gov. Rick Perry at a Capitol press conference on Medicaid on April 1, 2013.

Polling Center: Dewhurst's Fortunes Track Party Changes

David Dewhurst’s predicament — abandoned first by most Republican primary voters and then by one of the bellwethers of the Texas big business establishment — reveals how the Texas GOP has changed since he first became lieutenant governor in 2003.

Former Democratic Lt. Gov. Bob Bullock and Republican state Sen. Dan Patrick.
Former Democratic Lt. Gov. Bob Bullock and Republican state Sen. Dan Patrick.

Analysis: History Lesson on Stifling the Senate Minority

Republican state Sen. Dan Patrick has said that if elected lieutenant governor, he might not name any senators from the other party to lead committees. It would be a bold move, but not unprecedented. He might want to see what happened when a Democrat — Bob Bullock — tried the same thing.

Analysis: A Betrayal Roils a Top Political Race

Politics is full of turnarounds, double-crosses and strategic misunderstandings. But a big business group's decision to switch sides in the race for lieutenant governor was a rare exhibition of political hardball. Texans for Lawsuit Reform left David Dewhurst in a runoff after supporting him in the primary and threw its support to Dan Patrick

Texas Governor Rick Perry attends groundbreaking ceremony for Teletón USA CRIT children's rehabilitation center in San Antonio, Texas, on August 6th, 2013.
Texas Governor Rick Perry attends groundbreaking ceremony for Teletón USA CRIT children's rehabilitation center in San Antonio, Texas, on August 6th, 2013.

The Brief: Veto Investigation Could Affect Perry's National Ambitions

The grand jury investigation into Rick Perry's veto of funding for the Public Integrity Unit has drawn new national attention to the outgoing Texas governor who is weighing a return to the presidential sweepstakes.

State Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, speaks to supporters in Houston after primary election results indicate he is heading into a runoff with Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst.
State Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, speaks to supporters in Houston after primary election results indicate he is heading into a runoff with Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst.

Patrick, Now in Driver's Seat, Credits Grass Roots

State Sen. Dan Patrick has credited his success to grassroots support. But his momentum has also been built on lessons learned navigating the old-school politics of Harris County, where he has aggressively courted a small number of influential conservatives.

 

A Tesla Model S. The California-based electric automaker had considered Texas for its $5 billion lithium-ion battery factory. The company is also hoping to sell cars in Texas but does not have required franchise dealerships, as state law requires.
A Tesla Model S. The California-based electric automaker had considered Texas for its $5 billion lithium-ion battery factory. The company is also hoping to sell cars in Texas but does not have required franchise dealerships, as state law requires.

The Brief: Tesla Execs Hold Secret Meeting in San Antonio

Executives with the electric carmaker Tesla Motors met on Wednesday with government officials in San Antonio, according to the San Antonio Express-News, a development sure to spur further talk about Texas' odds of landing the company's $5 billion battery plant.

Lt. Governor David Dewhurst and Sen. Dan Patrick R-Houston, during a December 2012 press conference to discuss education reform in Texas.
Lt. Governor David Dewhurst and Sen. Dan Patrick R-Houston, during a December 2012 press conference to discuss education reform in Texas.

The Brief: Patrick Pulls Out of Lite Guv Debate

What was originally planned as the first head-to-head encounter of the Republican runoff race for lite guv will now be a solo appearance by David Dewhurst. His opponent, Dan Patrick, announced late Monday afternoon that he was withdrawing from the debate.

State Sen. Dan Patrick (Right), R-Houston, listens to Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst during the 83rd legislative session on Jan. 9, 2013.
State Sen. Dan Patrick (Right), R-Houston, listens to Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst during the 83rd legislative session on Jan. 9, 2013.

Analysis: For Dewhurst, This is All Too Familiar

A runoff against a populist conservative is nothing new for Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst. But he has to figure out how to win one. Two years ago, the foe was Ted Cruz, who prevailed and won a seat in the U.S. Senate. Now it's Dan Patrick, a Houston state senator who was for Dewhurst in that 2012 race and is against him in this year's showdown.

State Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, speaks to supporters in Houston after primary election results indicate he is heading into a runoff with Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst.
State Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, speaks to supporters in Houston after primary election results indicate he is heading into a runoff with Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst.

Patterson, Staples Weigh In on Lt. Gov. Runoff

Jerry Patterson and Todd Staples offered their takes on Tuesday on how the May runoff between their former lieutenant governor primary opponents — Dan Patrick and incumbent David Dewhurst — might turn out. Patterson said he could "almost guarantee" that Dewhurst stays in the race. Staples said he saw a "difficult road ahead" for the incumbent.