Dan Patrick is a strong fiscal and social conservative. After arriving in Austin for his first session in 2007, Senator Patrick quickly developed respect from his colleagues for his quick study on even the most complex issues and for his ability to debate issues on the Senate floor. When needed, he has never hesitated to challenge the Austin establishment and at times even his own party on major issues. But he has also learned to build coalitions to pass over 100 pieces of legislation over four sessions and has become a key ally to others, helping them pass their conservative legislation.
In his four sessions over 7 years Dan has only missed one day on the Senate floor. No votes were taken that day. During this time, he only missed six of over 13,000 votes cast.
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; passing a $172 million tax cut for small businesses; and in 2011, the Sonogram Bill to protect women and the unborn, and this year passed a major school choice bill, The Charter Bill, the first change to Charters since 1997, and HB 5 which reduced STAAR tests from 15 to 5 and changed graduation pathways placing added focus on career as well as college. He has been a leader on education issues, veterans’ issues and Second Amendment rights.
He has been recognized as Legislator of the Year by Law Enforcement and the District Attorneys Association for his tough stance on crime, been consistently ranked as the leading conservative in the Senate, was honored to receive multiple Pro Life awards, the Texas Association of Business top award twice, recognized as the Guardian of Small Business by the National Federation of Business and was named the third most influential Republican in Texas by the Austin American Statesman.
Dan is the Chair of the Senate Education Committee and serves on a total of six committees including some of the most important committees in the Senate: Finance, Transportation, Higher Education, Redistricting and Criminal Justice. Many believe he was the hardest working and busiest member of the legislature this session. It was typical for Dan to work 15 to 18 hour days five and six days a week.
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 grandson.
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 Christian best seller, produced an award winning Christian movie, plays piano and guitar, paints in his spare time, – which isn’t much since being elected in 2006.