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Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick speaks at a Trump rally in Conroe on Jan. 29, 2022.
Texas 2022 Elections

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, Trump’s man in Texas, has quietly amassed influence — to the detriment of fellow Republicans

Patrick urged former Gov. Rick Perry to mount a challenge to Gov. Greg Abbott, who is seeking a third term. He’s taken the already considerable power concentrated in the state’s No. 2 job to another level, forcing opponents from races and tightening his grip on the Senate.

“He is absolutely the strongest [lieutenant governor] that’s ever been and he’s every bit as strong as he’s reputed to be, probably more so.”

— Bill Miller, lobbyist

Plotting against Republicans

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick presides over Senate session at the state capitol on May 17, 2021.
Attorney General Ken Paxton greets President Donald Trump as Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick follows at Austin Bergstrom International Airport in 2019.
Texas Lt Gov. Dan Patrick, left, Gov. Greg Abbott, and former President Donald Trump attend a border security briefing to discuss further plans in securing the southern border wall on June 30, 2021, in Weslaco.
House Speaker Dade Phelan on the House floor on Sine Die on May 31, 2021.
From left: Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Gov. Greg Abbott gave updates on their plan for Texas to build its own border wall at a press conference at the Texas Capitol on June 16, 2021.

Controlling the Senate

“If you’re a senator who’s not on board with the more conservative agenda of Dan Patrick you will ultimately have substantially less influence or just cease being a senator.”

— Luke Macias, consultant to some of the state’s most conservative politicians
State Sen. Kel Seliger, R-Amarillo, on the Senate floor on May 6, 2019.
State Rep. Larry Taylor, R-Friendswood, speaks with Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick in the Senate Chamber on Aug. 9, 2021.

Final term in office?

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick speaks at a press conference held regarding Democrats breaking quorum and voting legislature at the Texas Capitol on July 21, 2021.

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