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 ...

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick addressed transgender bathroom rules during a news conference in Dallas on May 13, 2016.
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick addressed transgender bathroom rules during a news conference in Dallas on May 13, 2016.

Patrick Suggests Legislature Might Step In on Bathroom Guidelines

Declaring that "this fight is just beginning," Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick on Tuesday escalated his battle against guidelines in Texas and across the country that allow 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 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 Leading Suit To Stop Obama Transgender School Policy

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 announced.

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.

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’ convention in Dallas gives the heart of the state’s GOP electorate a chance to see their heroes and stars and to figure out — if possible — where the various conservative tribes are going to come together.

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.