Patrick Svitek Reporter

Patrick Svitek is a reporter for the Texas Tribune. He previously worked for the Houston Chronicle's Austin bureau. He graduated in 2014 from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. He originally is from Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Recent Contributions

Cruz in Rear View Mirror, Trump Accepts Nomination

Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks at the final session of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio on July 21, 2016.
Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks at the final session of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio on July 21, 2016.

Texas Republicans capped a tumultuous week at their national convention watching a forceful address by Donald Trump, the presidential nominee whose defeat of favorite son Ted Cruz loomed large over the festivities in Cleveland.

How Ted Cruz Crashed Donald Trump's Convention

Former Republican U.S. presidential candidate Cruz speaks as the Texas delegation looks on during the third night of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio on July 20, 2016.
Former Republican U.S. presidential candidate Cruz speaks as the Texas delegation looks on during the third night of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio on July 20, 2016.

In the hours before Ted Cruz delivered the biggest speech of his political life, a key element was in flux: Would he or wouldn't he endorse Donald Trump? There are conflicting accounts of who knew what, and when. 

Ted Cruz Thanks Supporters as Donald Trump Looms — Literally

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz thanks supporters of his failed presidential bid at a waterfront bar along the Cuyahoga River in downtown Cleveland, Ohio on July 20, 2016.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz thanks supporters of his failed presidential bid at a waterfront bar along the Cuyahoga River in downtown Cleveland, Ohio on July 20, 2016.

Ted Cruz convened hundreds of supporters Wednesday morning on the Lake Erie waterfront in Cleveland with the goal of simply thanking them but could not avoiding being overshadowed by presidential politics — literally.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton Declares Support For Donald Trump

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton holds a press conference on June 9, 2016 in front of the U.S. Supreme Court to discuss the filing of a lawsuit against the state of Delaware
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton holds a press conference on June 9, 2016 in front of the U.S. Supreme Court to discuss the filing of a lawsuit against the state of Delaware

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said Wednesday he supports Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and that is is "not a close call" between the billionaire and his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton. 

On Trump, Texas GOP Leaders Give Cruz His Space

Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz rally in Texas prior to the 2016 Texas primary.
Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz rally in Texas prior to the 2016 Texas primary.

Top Texas Republicans have spent the past two days preaching unity at every turn, urging their ranks to unify behind Donald Trump. On Wednesday, their most elusive recruit will take center stage: Ted Cruz.