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 Leading Suit To Stop Obama Transgender School Policy

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton during a May 25, 2016, press conference announcing a lawsuit Texas and other states filed that seeks to halt an Obama administration mandate instructing school districts to allow transgender students to use the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton during a May 25, 2016, press conference announcing a lawsuit Texas and other states filed that seeks to halt an Obama administration mandate instructing school districts to allow transgender students to use the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity.

Texas, joined by 10 other states, filed a lawsuit Wednesday to stop a federal directive instructing school districts to let transgender students use the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity, state officials announcedTexas Attorney General Ken Paxton  said other states joined the suit because the issue was of national importance.

Linda Eden of Denton County poses with Donald Trump poster while attending the trade show at the Republican Party of Texas convention on May 13, 2016.
Linda Eden of Denton County poses with Donald Trump poster while attending the trade show at the Republican Party of Texas convention on May 13, 2016.

Scenes from the Texas GOP Convention

Scenes from the 2016 state Republican Party convention in Dallas, Texas.

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick details what he sees as disruptions to public education that could happen if transgender bathroom rules are imposed in Texas during a press conference in Dallas May 13, 2016.
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick details what he sees as disruptions to public education that could happen if transgender bathroom rules are imposed in Texas during a press conference in Dallas May 13, 2016.

Texas Republicans Rail Against Obama Transgender Directive

Texas Republicans came out swinging Friday against President Barack Obama's new directive on accommodating transgender students in public schools, which was already a piping-hot issue at the state GOP convention in Dallas.

The Ted Cruz booth at the Republican Party of Texas convention in Dallas was lined with notes to the U.S. senator on May 12, 2016, the week after he bowed out of the presidential race.
The Ted Cruz booth at the Republican Party of Texas convention in Dallas was lined with notes to the U.S. senator on May 12, 2016, the week after he bowed out of the presidential race.

Analysis: Regardless of 2016 Results, Texas GOP Still Enthralled by Cruz

Ted Cruz, for perfectly sound reasons, packed the Republican Party of Texas convention with his own supporters. As of last week, he’s no longer a candidate for president of the United States, but he’s still the favorite here.

Opponents and supporters of the Fort Worth Independent School District's guidelines for transgender children pack a school board meeting on May 10, 2016.
Opponents and supporters of the Fort Worth Independent School District's guidelines for transgender children pack a school board meeting on May 10, 2016.

U.S. to Order Schools to Accommodate Transgender Student Bathroom Use

The Obama administration plans to issue a type of executive order on Friday directing every public school in the nation to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms that align with their gender identity, according to a report in the New York Times.

Republicans posing with the elephant at the Fort Worth Convention Center on June 5, 2014.
Republicans posing with the elephant at the Fort Worth Convention Center on June 5, 2014.

Analysis: Whose Texas GOP Is It, Anyway?

The Republican Party of Texas’ biennial convention in Dallas gives the heart of the state’s GOP electorate a chance to see their heroes and stars, to assess the current state of the party at the end of a rambunctious primary season, and to figure out — if possible — where the various conservative tribes are going to come together.

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick during a June 4, 2015 Tribune Conversation
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick during a June 4, 2015 Tribune Conversation

Patrick Wants Fort Worth Superintendent to Resign

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick on Monday called for the resignation of Fort Worth ISD Superintendent Kent Scribner over new guidelines dealing with transgender students. "After less than a year as superintendent, Dr. Scribner has lost his focus and thereby his ability to lead the Fort Worth ISD," Patrick said in a statement.

Analysis: Taking Culture Wars to the Toilets

Politically, bathroom bans are in the same category as requiring voters to show photo IDs — a favorite on the right — and renaming buildings and things after historical figures who haven’t fallen out of favor — a current liberal favorite. The groups that are offended are often on the other side; as a matter of political calculus, they were going to be on the other side anyway.

Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick.
Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick.

Revisit Our God & Governing Series

Both Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick are expected to attend a noon prayer rally Tuesday at the state Capitol Tuesday hosted by Franklin Graham, son of the Rev. Billy Graham. Last year, we interviewed Patrick and others for God & Governing, our award-winning, documentary-style examination of the role personal faith plays in Texas politics.

President Obama talked about civic engagement in a digital age during an interview with The Texas Tribune's Evan Smith at the South by Southwest Interactive festival on March 11, 2016.
President Obama talked about civic engagement in a digital age during an interview with The Texas Tribune's Evan Smith at the South by Southwest Interactive festival on March 11, 2016.

Analysis: Low Voter Turnout in Texas Gets Obama's Attention

Perhaps it’s not in the best interests of the people now in office in Texas — whatever their party labels — to change the electoral setup that put them in office. That might be why there's not a vigorous voter registration drive led by the state's top elected officials.

Video: Houston GOP Debate Takeaways

To many observers, the most contentious debate of the 2016 Republican presidential campaign was held Thursday night in Houston. And front-runner Donald Trump was on the receiving end of most of the evening’s biting attacks. With just a few days left until Super Tuesday —  when voters in 11 states, including Texas, will cast Republican presidential ballots — none of the leading candidates were pulling any punches.

Greg Abbott gives the closing keynote at the 2016 Texas Public Policy Foundation Policy Orientation on Jan. 8, 2016.
Greg Abbott gives the closing keynote at the 2016 Texas Public Policy Foundation Policy Orientation on Jan. 8, 2016.

GOP Leaders Mostly Quiet on Abbott Plan to Amend Constitution

Three days after Gov. Greg Abbott called for a convention of states to dramatically amend the U.S. Constitution, few high-ranking Republicans in Texas have publicly backed his proposal. Their silence underscores the divisions among conservative grassroots about Abbott's plan. 

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Gov. Greg Abbott (R-Texas) speak at a press conference in the Capitol about Sen. Cruz’s Terrorist Refugee Infiltration Prevention Act of 2015 (S. 2302), in Washington, D.C., Dec. 8, 2015.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Gov. Greg Abbott (R-Texas) speak at a press conference in the Capitol about Sen. Cruz’s Terrorist Refugee Infiltration Prevention Act of 2015 (S. 2302), in Washington, D.C., Dec. 8, 2015.

Abbott Jumped Gun on Terror Suspect Arrest

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott discussed details about a terror suspect arrested in Texas Thursday while the case was still sealed, but a federal prosecutor downplayed the impact. 

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick discusses school choice and education public policy at the Texas Public Policy Foundation Policy Orientation event on Jan. 7, 2016.
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick discusses school choice and education public policy at the Texas Public Policy Foundation Policy Orientation event on Jan. 7, 2016.

Patrick: School Choice A Top Priority in 2017

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick on Thursday vowed to pass a bigger and better tax credit scholarship program — and possibly other school choice legislation — out of the Senate in 2017, saying school choice remains his top policy priority aside from “protecting life.”

Gov. Greg Abbott is shown in November 2015 proposing reforms against "sanctuary cities" that he wants Texas lawmakers to consider in the 2017 legislative session.
Gov. Greg Abbott is shown in November 2015 proposing reforms against "sanctuary cities" that he wants Texas lawmakers to consider in the 2017 legislative session.

Analysis: Budget Battle Might Seem Boring, But Don't Doubt Its Impact

Some of the most important debates in government and politics are complicated — and boring. That gives the combatants some safety from voters who are preoccupied with battles that are easier to understand. Want an example? Look no further than the faceoff over state budget vetoes.