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 not missed one day on the Senate floor and has only missed 6 of more than 13,000 votes.

Some of the legislation he passed, of which he is most proud, is placing "In God We Trust" permanently in the Senate chamber for the first time in history; placing "Under God" in the state pledge; and, passing a $170 million tax cut for small businesses. In 2011, Senator Patrick finally passed the Sonogram Bill to protect women and the unborn. Dan is a leader on education issues, veterans' issues, and Second Amendment rights.

As Senator, he has been recognized as Legislator of the Year by law enforcement groups, been consistently ranked as the leading conservative in the Senate, was honored to receive the Texas Association of Business' top award twice, and was named the third most influential Republican in Texas by the Austin American Statesman.

Dan is the Chairman of the Senate Education Committee and serves on a total of 12 committees and sub committees, including some of the most important in the Senate including Finance, Sunset, Health and Human Services, and Criminal Justice.

Dan has been married to Jan, a former school teacher, for 38 years. Their son Ryan is a Harris County Criminal Court District Judge. Their daughter Shane is a registered nurse. In 2010, Dan and Jan were blessed with their first grandchild Zachary Colton Patrick.

Dan hosts a daily afternoon talk show on KSEV AM 700 in Houston and has raised over $16 million for children with disabilities through his radio station over the years. Dan has also written a best-selling book, produced an award winning movie, plays piano and guitar, and paints in his spare time — which isn't much since being elected in 2006.

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Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (l.) and House Speaker Joe Straus at the Saturday joint session in the House chamber to honor veterans, on May 27, 2017.
The Big 3 — Gov. Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Speaker of the House Joe Straus on the dais in the House chamber for a joint session memorializing the nation's veterans, on May 27, 2017.
Gov. Greg Abbott ceremonially signs Senate Bill 24 into law as Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and others look on at Grace Church in The Woodlands on May 21, 2017. The legislation shields pastors' sermons from government subpoena power. The Texas Legislative Budget Board, including (l-r) House Speaker Joe Straus, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and state Sen. Jane Nelson, on Dec. 1, 2016. At a May 17, 2017, news conference, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick told reporters that the House had to pass two items — property tax reform and the "bathroom bill" — or he'd look to force a special session. At a May 17, 2017 press conference at the Capitol, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick warns he'll seek a special session if the House doesn't pass certain legislation.  At a May 17, 2017 press conference at the Capitol, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick warns he'll seek a special session if the House doesn't pass certain legislation.  At a May 17, 2017 press conference at the Capitol, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick warns he'll seek a special session if the House doesn't pass certain legislation. From left: Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, Gov. Greg Abbott and House Speaker Joe Straus. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick speaks at the Harris County Republican Party's annual Lincoln-Reagan Dinner in Houston on April 28, 2017.  Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick gave remarks and introduced Donald J. Trump Jr. at the Dallas County Republican Party Reagan Day Dinner on March 11, 2017. House Speaker Joe Straus and Lt. Governor Dan Patrick at a Texas Legislative Budget Board meeting on December 1, 2016. Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr., D-Brownsville, speaking in favor of SB6, the so-called "bathroom bill," on March 6, 2017. Behind him are Lt. Gov. Dan Forest, Republican of North Carolina, and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick. Flanked by members of the Texas Senate (and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, behind him), North Carolina Lt. Gov. Dan Forest speaks at a press conference on SB 6, the so-called bathroom bill, on March 6, 2017. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and House Speaker Joe Straus have assigned committee chairs for the 2017 Legislature. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick pauses while conducting resolutions in the Senate Chamber on Feb. 7, 2017. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick looks around the Senate Chamber on Feb. 7, 2017 prior to bringing up SB 4 sanctuary city bill for debate. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick talks with the media during a press conference on SB 6, also known as the "bathroom bill," on Feb. 6, 2017. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Sen. Lois Kolkhorst R-Brenham give the media an update on SB6 The Texas Privacy Act also known as the "bathroom bill" on Feb. 6, 2017 Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick discusses school choice legislation during a press conference on Jan. 25, 2017. Sen. Larry Taylor discusses school choice legislation during a press conference on Jan. 25, 2017. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick speaks during a rally at the Capitol for school choice January 24, 2017. Both Gov. Greg Abbott and Patrick spoke in favor of expanding school choice options. Students, educators, activists and parents marched on the south lawn to show their support for expanding school choice options during National School Choice Week. Gov. Greg Abbott speaks during a rally at the Capitol for school choice January 24, 2017. Both Abbott and Lt. Governor Dan Patrick spoke in favor of expanding school choice options. Students, educators, activists and parents marched on the south lawn to show their support for expanding school choice options during National School Choice Week. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick in Austin on Jan 9, 2017. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick in Austin on Jan 9, 2017. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick in Austin on Jan 9, 2017. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick held a press conference in Austin on Monday to announce he's running for re-election. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick held a press conference in Austin on Monday to announce he's running for re-election. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and state Sen. Lois Kolkhorst unveil the text of Senate Bill 6, which would require transgender people to use bathrooms in public schools, government buildings and universities based on “biological sex,” on Jan. 5, 2017. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick at the Texas Capitol on Jan. 5, 2017. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and state Sen. Lois Kolkhorst unveil the text of Senate Bill 6, which would require transgender people to use bathrooms in public schools, government buildings and universities based on “biological sex,” on Jan. 5, 2017. The Texas Legislative Budget Board, including (l-r) Speaker Joe Straus, Lt. Governor Dan Patrick and state Sen. Jane Nelson, met on Thursday, December 1, 2016 to set the state's spending limit for the next session and get an update on the Texas economy from the state comptroller. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick speaks to small crowd at the Harris County Republican Party headquarters election watch party  in Houston, Texas on November 8, 2016 Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick offers a preview of the 85th legislative session at a Dallas Chamber of Commerce event at the Belo Mansion on Oct. 20, 2016. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick gives a preview of the 85th legislative session at a Dallas Chamber of Commerce event on Oct. 20, 2016. Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick speaks at a Dallas Chamber of Commerce event at the Belo Mansion in Dallas on Oct. 20, 2016. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick gives a preview of the 85th legislative session at a Dallas Chamber of Commerce event on Oct. 20, 2016. Ross Ramsey, executive editor of The Texas Tribune, interviewed Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick at The Texas Tribune Festival on Sept. 24, 2016. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick addresses the Texas delegation at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio on July 20, 2016. Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick spoke to the Texas delegation on July 19, 2016, at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and President Barack Obama shake hands after the "People Town Hall: A National Conversation," an event hosted by ABC News and ESPN. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick expressed his opposition to new rules for transgender children in the Fort Worth Independent School District at a press conference in Fort Worth 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. At a press conference held just before a school board meeting, Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick again called on Fort Worth Independent School District Superintendent Kent Scribner to resign over the district's bathroom guidelines for transgender students. Protesters at a press conference held by Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick in May, 2016 calling on Fort Worth Independent School District Superintendent Kent Scribner to resign over the district's bathroom guidelines for transgender students. Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and state Sen. Jane Nelson. U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick Sen. John Whitmire and Lt. Gov Dan Patrick (L-R) Inside Texas Politics host Jason Whitely, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's D.C. Bureau Chief Maria Recio and Star-Telegram columnist Bud Kennedy. From left: Texas House Speaker Joe Straus, Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick are shown on May 21, 2015. Plenty of cowboy hats were in evidence at the inaugural parade. Patrick waves to onlookers from the south entrance to the Capitol grounds. Onlookers wave and take pictures as the inaugural parade makes its way toward the Capitol. After Abbott and Patrick were sworn in, barbecue — and lots of it — was served on the Capitol's West Lawn. Dan Patrick is sworn in by his son Ryan, a state district judge in Harris County,while his daughter Shane and his wife, Jan, look on. Patrick waves to the crowd before being sworn in. Dan Patrick about to be sworn in as lieutenant governor on Jan. 20. 2015. A view of the podium before Abbott and Patrick were sworn in. A huge lunchtime barbecue — 4 tons of brisket, for starters — was served as part of the inauguration festivities. Shown the day before Abbott and Patrick were inaugurated, an ocean of seats surrounded the podium. Congress Avenue, south of the Capitol, is prepared for inaugural festivities on Monday. Texas Tribune Executive Editor Ross Ramsey on WFAA-TV's "Inside Texas Politics" on Dec. 11, 2015. Dan Patrick, then the lieutenant governor-elect, is shown speaking to reporters at the Texas Capitol on Jan. 8, 2015. Governor- and Lieutenant Governor-elect Greg Abbott and Dan Patrick will be inaugurated into office on Jan. 20, 2015. Dan Patrick and Leticia Van de Putte, the Republican and Democratic candidates for lieutenant governor, spoke at the Texas Tribune Festival on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. Repubican State Rep. Dan Patrick  stops at a polling station in Cypress, Texas Tuesday, May 27, 2014 to stump for votes in his runoff for the Republican spot for Lt Gov. against Lt Gov David Dewhurst. Repubican State Rep. Dan Patrick at a polling station in Cypress, Texas Tuesday, May 27, 2014 greats an unidentified voter while stumping for votes in his runoff for the Republican spot for Lt Gov. against Lt Gov David Dewhurst. Republican State Sen. Dan Patrick chats with reporters at a polling station in Cypress, Texas Tuesday, May 27, 2014 to stump for votes in his runoff against against incumbent Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst. Texas Tribune Executive Editor Ross Ramsey on WFAA-TV's "Inside Texas Politics" on May 25, 2014. State Sen. Dan Patrick and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and debated in Salado, Tx on May 20, 2014, ahead of the Republican primary runoff for lieutenant governor. State Sen. Dan Patrick and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and debated in Salado, Tx on May 20, 2014, ahead of the Republican primary runoff for lieutenant governor. Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and state Sen. Dan Patrick debated in Salado, Tx on May 20, 2014, ahead of the Republican primary runoff for lieutenant governor. Republican candidates for lieutenant governor from left, Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson; state Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston; Agricultural Commissioner Todd Staples; and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst take their places for a debate at KERA studios in Dallas on Monday, Jan. 27, 2014. Sen. John Carona, R-Dallas (l) and Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston (r) Governor Rick Perry greets Republican Linda Love at the Electric Park Ballroom on August 14th on his arrival in Iowa for three days of campaigning. State Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, at a Senate Education Committee meeting on June 2, 2011. Sen. Florence Shapiro R-Plano, speaks with Sen. Dan Patrick R-Houston during Education Committee meeting on June 2nd, 2011 Sen. Dan Patrick R-Houston wears a fake mustache in honor of Sen. Mike Jackson, who was sworn in as Senate Pro-Tempore on May 30th, 2011 State Sen. Dan Patrick talks about forming an exploratory committee in a run for the U.S. Senate on May 27, 2011. State Sen. Dan Patrick holds a short press conference on his intentions to run for U.S. Senate on May 27, 2011. Sen. Dan Patrick R-Houston shakes hands with Rep. Sid Miller R-Stephenville after Gov. Rick Perry ceremonially signed HB 15 on May 24th, 2011 Gov. Perry ceremonially signs HB 15, which requires a woman to have a sonogram before an abortion. He is joined by Sen. Dan Patrick R-Houston and Rep. Sid Miller R-Stephenville on May 24th, 2011 Gov. Perry ceremonially signs HB 15, which requires a woman to have a sonogram before an abortion. He is joined by Sen. Dan Patrick R-Houston and Rep. Sid Miller R-Stephenville on May 24th, 2011 State Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, listens to an aide on the Senate floor on May 16, 2011. State Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, speaks to an aide on the Senate floor on May 16, 2011. Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston with Rep. Sid Miller R-Stephenville speak together if favor of HB 15, the abortion sonogram bill on May 4th, 2011 Sen. Dan Patrick (l), R-Houston, listens to an amendment by Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio, during the debate on HB15 on May 2, 2011. State Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, listens to an amendment by Sen. Leticia van de Putte, D-San Antonio, during debate on CSHB15 on May 2, 2011. Lt. Governor David Dewhurst (l), talks with Sen. Dan Patrick on the floor of the Texas Senate on April 18, 2011. Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, Sen. Carlos Uresti, Sen. Robert Duncan and Sen. Dan Patrick review amendments to Senate Bill 16, the abortion sonogram bill. Sen Bob Deuell, speaks to Sen Dan Patrick during debate for SB #16 Senator Troy Fraser speaks with Dan Patrick January 24th, 2011 Dan Patrick talks with comp Susan combs in senate chambers. State Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, speaking during a Senate Committee on Education hearing on July 20, 2010.  He is the Vice Chair of the committee. State Senators Dan Patrick and Florence Shapiro, along with Committee Clerk Holly Mabry, listen to testimony at a Senate Committee on Education hearing on July 20, 2010. State Senators Dan Patrick and Florence Shapiro at a Senate Committee on Education hearing on July 20, 2010. State Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, speaking with Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst on the floor of the Texas Senate. State Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston.

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