Dan Patrick was first elected lieutenant governor of Texas in 2014 and re-elected in 2018.
A preeminent voice for principled conservative policies both in Texas and across the nation, Lt. Governor Patrick is leading the fight for life and liberty in Texas including securing the border, reducing property and business taxes, standing up for the Second Amendment and addressing Texas’ infrastructure challenges to assure that our state continues to flourish economically.
Lt. Governor Patrick presided over what have been called the most conservative and productive sessions of the State Senate in Texas history. Focusing on strategies to keep Texas families and communities safe and the state economy strong, under his leadership, the Senate passed legislation to dramatically increase support for border security and reduced the franchise tax by 25% on a pathway to eliminating it all together.
Lt. Governor Patrick has championed property tax relief over several legislative sessions, and during the 86th Legislature, he passed landmark property tax reforms stating that taxing entities cannot raise their revenues more than 3.5% without approval from the people.
He continued the education reforms he began as Chair of the Senate Education Committee, tackling the problems of failing schools and giving parents more choices for their children. In 2019, he led the charge to pass the most comprehensive school finance reform in 40 years. He also passed legislation that increased teacher pay statewide, all while compressing school property taxes for millions of Texans.
Lt. Governor Patrick is an outspoken supporter of law enforcement and, among other things, initiated a program that ensures that every police officer on patrol in Texas has a bullet proof vest that is capable of withstanding a high caliber rifle shot.
Lt. Governor Patrick passed the sonogram bill which has saved thousands of lives and has championed numerous other measures to support and protect every life in Texas.
Before he was elected Lt. Governor, Patrick was twice elected to the Texas Senate representing part of Houston and Northwest Harris County. He is a successful small-business man and radio host, a former television anchor, sportscaster, musician, Christian author and movie producer.
Lt. Governor Patrick is also involved in his community, raising over $16 million for children with disabilities through his radio show.
He started the first seminary in a Texas prison to train long-serving inmates for the ministry. Through the first 5 graduating classes, 162 inmates have graduated and now serve throughout the Texas prison system.
Lt. Governor Patrick has been married to his wife Jan, a former schoolteacher, for 45 years. He and Jan have two children, Ryan and Shane and six grandchildren.
- Ronald Reagan Leadership Award from the Texas Public Policy Foundation
- 2 Time Law Enforcement Senate Legislator of the Year
- District Attorney Association’s Senator of the Year
- Pro Life Champion Award
- 2 Time National Federation of Small Business Top Award Winner
- Only Senator to receive Americans for Prosperity A Plus Award for Fiscal Leadership 2 Consecutive Years
- Empower Texas Fiscal Champion
- Expanded Border Security including adding $800 million for increased enforcement on the border
- Established program to provide bullet proof vests for every police officer on patrol in Texas
- Wrote and passed Legislation to place In God We Trust in the Texas Senate
- Carried Senate Legislation to place “Under God” in the state pledge
- Wrote and passed sonogram legislation that has already saved thousands of babies’ lives
- Wrote and passed 172 million dollar tax cut for small business to help create jobs
- Wrote and passed School Choice Charter bill to create more choice for parents and students
- Passed landmark property tax reform legislation that prevented unsustainable property tax rate growth
- Raised teacher pay statewide while ensuring that Texans’ school property tax rates didn’t increase as a result
MORE ABOUT DAN
- Author of Christian Best Seller “The Second Most Important Book You Will Ever Read”
- Executive Producer of Award Winning Christian Film, “The Heart of Texas,” voted the Best Film made in Texas in 2009
- Guest Pastor for Dr Ed Young at Second Baptist Church in Houston
- Founder of first Conservative Talk Radio station in Houston and brought Rush Limbaugh to Houston radio
- Frequent conservative guest on FOX News