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 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.
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. (L-R) State House Speaker Joe Straus, Governor Greg Abbott and Dan Patrick 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.

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