Dan Patrick Makes Statement on LBB Border Operations Funding

December 2, 2014

AUSTIN – Dan Patrick, Texas Lieutenant Governor – Elect, makes the following statement regarding the Legislative Budget Board’s action today, regarding border funding operations:

Today the Senate members of the Legislative Budget Board voted 5-0 to expand funding for DPS border operations to continue through the end of the current fiscal year, which ends in August 2015. However, funding for the National Guard was only extended through March of 2015.

“While the expansion of the Department of Public Safety border operation funding is welcomed, the Legislative Budget Board should have extended funding for the National Guard through the end of the fiscal year in August,” said Patrick. “Having the appropriate funds until August would give the next legislature adequate time to provide funding for the next budget without running out of funds in March. I understand the vote today was the only option the Senators had at this time. A no vote would have ended funding immediately for the National Guard.

“Border security is a top priority for me. We should not be cutting back on funding for the National Guard at this critical time. I will address this issue immediately upon taking office in late January so we can keep the National Guard on the border,” concluded Patrick.



November 12, 2014

AUSTIN, Texas — In a deeply conservative state like Texas, Republican Dan Patrick was heavily favored to defeat his Democrat opponent, Leticia Van de Putte, in the race to be Texas’ next Lieutenant Governor; especially, as many political observers predicted, a Republican advantage against the backdrop of President Obama’s plummeting popularity. However, the path Patrick took to that victory — and some of the data behind his win — are “shocking the media” and “baffling the pundits,” according to a memo being circulated by one of Patrick’s top advisers. Allen Blakemore, who served as the Chief Strategist for Patrick’s campaign, wrote a memo that he circulated on Friday titled, “Dan Patrick Shocked the Media, Democrats and a Few Republicans: A Message to Washington Republicans – Don’t Be Afraid To Be Bold”

Read the full article here: http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-Texas/2014/11/11/Dan-Patrick-Credits-Victory-to-Social-Media-Selfies-and-Staunch-Conservatism

Read Allen Blakemore’s Memo here: http://www.scribd.com/doc/245866081/PR-14-11-07-Dan-Patrick-Shocked-the-Media

DMN: My biggest Texas election surprise: Patrick thumped Van de Putte among Hispanic men

November 7, 2014

A conventional wisdom bubbled up among media people like myself about the tenor of Republican Dan Patrick’s message on immigration. We concluded that his hard-edged border security focus in his campaign for lieutenant governor was going to stampede Hispanic voters into the waiting arms of Democratic statewides.

Wrong. Or at least partially wrong.

Patrick trailed Leticia Van de Putte among Hispanic voters by only 52-46, according to NBC’s exit polling on the race. I said “only,” because the 40 percentage range among Hispanics was once a mark of distinction for statewide Republicans. When George W. Bush reached 40 percent among Hispanics in balloting for governor, it was heralded as a breakthrough. Patrick was well into the 40s despite his so-called “anti-immigrant” rhetoric and calls for, among other things, repeal of in-state college tuition for Texas high school grads who are in the country illegally.

Here’s the big surprise for me: Patrick thumped Van de Putte among Hispanic men, 53-46. These voters clearly didn’t find Patrick’s tough immigration stance offensive.

Read the full article here: http://dallasmorningviewsblog.dallasnews.com/2014/11/my-biggest-election-surprise-patrick-over-van-de-putte-abbott-among-hispanic-men.html/?hootPostID=9d4d1b0339e967119846d44489542c8b

Grassroots Victory

November 5, 2014

AUSTIN – Dan Patrick, Texas State Senator and Republican nominee for Lieutenant Governor, makes the following statement regarding the November 4th General Election vote totals.

“Today, voters across this great state proved once again, that the conservative ticket prevails in the hearts of our fellow Texans,” said Patrick. “People are looking for leaders that are bold on the issues that are most important to them.

“After 15 months of campaigning, including a strenuous primary, and a tough run-off with dozens of debates, over 1,500 meetings, phone calls, grassroots events and everything in between, today Texas voters sent a powerful message to the rest of the country – the liberal, Washington-style agenda my opponent so proudly boasted simply has no place in Texas.

“Tonight’s decisive victory proves they picked the wrong battleground,” concluded Patrick.

More information about the campaign is available at www.DanPatrick.org.


Dan Patrick Releases New TV Ad -­ “Better Schools”

October 21, 2014

AUSTIN – Dan Patrick, Texas State Senator and Republican nominee for Lieutenant Governor, released his latest television ad called “Better Schools.” The ad features Senator Patrick’s vision for improving Texas schools while contrasting Van de Putte’s out of touch support for Common Core and Washington-style bureaucracy.

Click to play | http://youtu.be/Qef-oiSlpNs

“As Senate Education Chair, I passed some of the biggest reforms in decades to improve Texas schools,” said Dan Patrick.

“Throughout his entire legislative career, Senator Patrick has fought to keep Common Core out of Texas and empower parents and students with school choice,” said Alejandro Garcia, Patrick Campaign Communications Director. “By providing school flexibility for our children, you create quality education and a brighter future for Texas.

“Washington’s policies have no place in Texas and neither does Van de Putte’s out of touch support for the federal government running our schools. Van de Putte’s liberal views and misguided proposals are wrong for Texas.

“Senator Patrick will provide true leadership based on Texans’ needs, not outsiders. As Lieutenant Governor he will make sure our children are adequately prepared for their future by providing better schools,” Garcia concluded.


Senator Dan Patrick Calls for Texas Solution to Fight Spread of Ebola

October 17, 2014

AUSTIN – Dan Patrick, Texas State Senator and Republican nominee for Lieutenant Governor, concerned about the public health threat caused by the Ebola virus in Texas, issued the following statement:

“It’s no surprise the first case of the Ebola virus to present itself in the United States was in Texas. We are this nation’s leading economy and a hub for international travel. This otherwise enviable position in the global economy comes with unwanted risks.

“It’s also no surprise that Washington has failed us once again; failure to properly screen all travelers at ports of entry, and a failure to provide meaningful support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“I join with other others in their call to restrict commercial air travel to areas of the world where outbreaks of infectious diseases can spread and threaten Americans here at home. I urge our national leaders to make this an immediate priority. This is a threat to public health and national security that cannot be addressed with half-measures.

“We must not allow Washington’s failures to continue to jeopardize the health and safety of Texans. Texas must continue to lead, and take steps to stop the spread of Ebola and other infectious diseases.

“Texas will provide it’s own solution to this public health threat.

“Texas is home to one of the nation’s leading facilities to study infectious diseases, the Galveston National Laboratory at University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, a Biosafety Level 4 designated facility –the highest designation for safety and security. Since 2008 this world class facility not only has had resources to study and contain health threats like Ebola, but they also are actively involved in training health care professionals on how to safely operate in an environment where infectious threats exist. This is the only facility of its kind located on an academic campus.

“The Governor’s Task Force, an impressive group of the very best minds to study and make recommendations, is prepared to issue reports in December and again near the beginning of the Legislative Session in February.

“Rest assured, the Texas Senate will be prepared to act swiftly to address these issues when we convene. I have been updated by Dr. Kyle Janek, Commissioner of Health and Human Services, and collaborate with the two medical doctors elected to the Texas Senate, Drs. Schwertner and Campbell, to meet the health and safety needs of Texans.

“Texas must be better prepared with facilities to properly treat and care for those who have become infected. We must have health care professionals who have the necessary equipment and training to contain any future outbreak of Ebola or any other infectious disease.

“Texas can and must develop our own protocols and procedures to address future cases of Ebola. We need to develop better communications channels, pathways for collaboration, and a chain of command to address serious public health threats.

“Any solution must meet the unique needs of all Texans, rural, suburban, and urban.

“Texas is better equipped than anyplace else in America to address these threats. We are home to many of the world’s finest medical minds. We already host significant centers of excellence in medicine.

“I will not allow failures of the federal government to threaten the public health of Texans. We will act in Texas to defend our citizens from the threat of infectious diseases.”


Texas Right to Life PAC Endorses Dan Patrick

October 17, 2014

AUSTIN – Dan Patrick, Texas State Senator and Republican nominee for Lieutenant Governor, received the endorsement of Texas Right to Life Political Action Committee.

“The Texas Right to Life Political Action Committee proudly endorses Senator Dan Patrick for Lieutenant Governor,” said Elizabeth Graham, Texas Right to Life Director. “His dedication to the Pro-Life cause is proven by his actions and leadership, and he will make the protection of innocent human life from fertilization until natural death a priority when serving at the helm of the State Senate. We urge pro-life Texans to stand for life with Dan Patrick in his race for Lt. Governor.”

“I am honored to receive the endorsement of Texas Right to Life PAC,” said Patrick. “Life is precious and I celebrate Texas Right to Life’s efforts to give life a fighting chance; from beginning to end. As the next Lieutenant Governor, I will never stop supporting those who believe life is worth fighting for.”

Texas Right to Life was incorporated to strengthen and coordinate advocates’ efforts to defend innocent human life. In 1973, Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton struck down every law in the land that protected those who could not protect themselves.

Today, the organization fights for the rights of the unborn, the disabled, the sick, the elderly, and the unloved in a world where the lack of respect for innocent human life has escalated to the point where we are all at risk.


Dan Patrick Secures Department of Public Safety Officers Association PAC Endorsement

October 14, 2014

AUSTIN – Dan Patrick, Texas State Senator and Republican nominee for Lieutenant Governor, today received the endorsement of the Department of Public Safety Officers Association (DPSOA) PAC.

“We believe that Senator Patrick’s interest in supporting strong and stable law enforcement in Texas, in making sure the state’s commissioned peace officers have the tools we need to do our jobs, and his recognition of the significant challenges we face – including both public safety and personnel related – ensure that he is deserving of our full support,” said Jimmy Jackson, Vice President of DPSOA PAC.

“I am honored to receive the endorsement of the Department of Public Safety Officers Association PAC,” said Patrick. “I thank and applaud our law enforcement officers’ efforts in protecting the lives of our fellow Texans. As Lieutenant Governor, I will make sure our brave men and women in law enforcement have the resources they need to continue to uphold the law and ensure security for all Texans.”

For nearly 40 years, the Texas Department of Public Safety Officers Association (DPSOA) has been working to advocate on behalf of Troopers, Agents, Rangers, Officers, Communications Personnel and Forensic Scientists of the Texas Department of Public Safety. DPSOA is one of the largest organizations representing commissioned law enforcement officers in Texas and includes more than 3,700 men and women who daily pledge their lives to protect Texans across the state.


Dan Patrick Lands Texas Association of Realtors PAC Support

October 9, 2014

AUSTIN – Dan Patrick, Texas State Senator and Republican nominee for Lieutenant Governor, today received the support of the Texas Association of Realtors Political Action Committee (TREPAC).

“Texas Association of Realtors, Political Action Committee (TREPAC) is honored to support State Senator Dan Patrick in his campaign for Lieutenant Governor of Texas,” said Christine Seidel, Chairman of TREPAC/Texas Association of Realtors Political Action Committee. “We look forward to working with him on reducing the property tax burden for all property owners in Texas and ensuring the local appraisal process is fair and accurate.”

“It is a true honor to receive the support of the Texas Association of Realtors PAC,” said Patrick. “I have worked tirelessly, in the Legislature, to cut taxes on small businesses and lower property taxes so Texans can afford to live in their homes. As Lieutenant Governor, I will provide the real estate industry the tools they need to continue making home ownership possible to more Texans.”

Established in 1920, Texas Association of Realtors has 90,000 members and has the largest professional membership association in Texas. Its mission is to promote and protect private-property ownership and rights, keep homeownership affordable and the real estate industry strong – a key driver of the state’s economy.


Dan Patrick Releases New TV Ad

October 8, 2014

“Washington’s Failed Us”

AUSTIN – Dan Patrick, Texas State Senator and Republican nominee for Lieutenant Governor, released his newest television ad called “Washington’s Failed Us.” The ad features Senator Patrick’s top priority, border security. The ad is now running in major markets across Texas.



The threat from terrorists and cartels involved in drug and human trafficking crossing our border is a serious issue that concerns all Texans. Securing our border is Washington’s responsibility but Texas’ problem. Dan Patrick is the only candidate for Lieutenant Governor that will work tirelessly to stop the criminal elements from harming our citizens.

“National security begins with border security, and that begins with the Texas Rangers and the National Guard,” said Dan Patrick.

“Senator Patrick has a strong legislative record for securing our border,” said Bob Wickers, of the Wickers Group, who produced this latest Patrick Campaign ad. “Patrick co-authored legislation that demands reimbursement by the federal government for border security costs. He authored legislation that prohibits sanctuary cities, and authored legislation that removes enticements that encourage illegal immigration. As Lieutenant Governor, he will work even harder to protect Texans. Washington has failed us.”