Lt. Governor Patrick Makes a Statement on Gov. Perry Indictment

January 27, 2015

AUSTIN – Today, Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick makes the following
statement:

“I am extremely disappointed that the case against Governor Rick Perry will
continue.

“Gov. Perry is a dedicated public servant who served our state with integrity and in
the best interest of Texans.

“I believe he was within his constitutional authority to make the statement he made
and to veto the funding for the Travis County Public Integrity Office.

“The decision to indict Governor Perry was wrong and undermines our democratic
principles and separation of powers. These actions have a chilling effect on the
legislative process and on every member of the legislature and executive branch.

“We have a duty and a right as office holders to question any official funded by
taxpayers. We have a responsibility to withhold funding from any official or agency
that we deem is not acting in the best interest of the public.”

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Lt. Governor Patrick and Senator Nelson Announce Senate Budget

January 27, 2015

AUSTIN – Today, Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, along with Senate Finance
Chair, Jane Nelson, announced the comprehensive senate budget.

“I am very pleased to join Senate Finance Chair Jane Nelson in announcing the
Senate’s budget blueprint (Senate Bill 2) for the next biennium,” said Patrick.
“Senator Nelson has helped design a budget all Texans can be proud of and know
that the tax money they are sending to Austin will be spent conservatively and
wisely.

“This budget will provide significant tax relief ($4 billion) to homeowners and
businesses, make sure our border is secure with twice the amount of previous
funding, jumpstart overdue road construction projects and make sure education
needs to remain a top priority.

“I look forward to working with the Senate Chair and all of my colleagues in the
Senate in addressing the needs of all Texans.”

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Dan Patrick Announces Lieutenant Governor Grassroots Advisory Board

January 27, 2015

AUSTIN – In 2011, Senator Dan Patrick created the Tea Party Caucus and advisory committee. The caucus met regularly with members of the advisory committee to discuss public policy. Today, Lt. Governor Patrick plans on continuing his practice of coordinating with grassroots leaders.

“As promised, and in addition to the Lieutenant Governor Advisory Boards announced recently, it is with great enthusiasm that I announce the Lieutenant Governor Grassroots Advisory Board,” said Patrick.

Chair
JoAnn Fleming – Flint, TX
Katrina Pierson – Garland, TX
Bill Hussey – Llano, TX
Chuck Molyneaux – Allen, TX
Connie Curry – Lubbock, TX
Dean Wright – Austin, TX
Debbie Georgatos – Dallas, TX
Derek Baker – McKinney, TX
Jim Lennon – Kingwood, TX
Julie McCarty – Grapevine, TX
Tom Fabry – Frisco, TX
Toni Fabry – Frisco, TX
Julie Turner – The Woodlands, TX
Ken Emanuelson – Dallas, TX
Larry Youngblood – Hilltop Lakes, TX
Michael Openshaw – Plano, TX
Robin Lennon – Kingwood, TX
Sharon Hall – New Braunfels, TX
Steve Baysinger – San Antonio, TX
Ted Hart – Frisco, TX

“I am honored to be selected to serve on the Lt. Governor’s Grassroots Advisory Board,” said JoAnn Fleming, Executive Director of Grassroots America. “Governor Patrick has a reputation for valuing folks outside the capitol complex who ask tough questions and bring common sense solutions to the table. Our primary focus will be on border security, education reform, and tax relief legislation – serious issues important to a strong Texas.”

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Lieutenant Governor Patrick Announces Senate Committee Assignments

January 24, 2015

AUSTIN – Today, Dan Patrick ended his first week as Texas Lieutenant Governor by announcing the following Senate Committee assignments for the 84th Legislative Session.

“After much thought and careful consideration, today I am announcing the members selected to serve on the fourteen committees approved by the Texas Senate. These committees will work on the critical issues that affect all Texans,” said Patrick.

“This efficient structure of streamlined committees will allow for the passage of not only a variety of issues but of Texan’s top priorities, such as education reform, tax relief and border security.

“All members, including freshmen, have significant roles. These appointments also ensure that valuable institutional knowledge in the Senate has been carried over to each Senate committee.

“I am also proud to appoint Jane Nelson as the first woman in history to serve as Chair of the Committee on Finance during a regular legislative session,” said Patrick.

“I promised Texas voters that we would get the job done and now we have the team in place to get to work,” concluded Patrick.

Committee on Administration

Hancock Kelly Chair

Uresti Carlos Vice Chair

Campbell Donna

Eltife Kevin

Huffines Don

Schwertner Charles

West Royce

Committee on Agriculture, Water and Rural Affairs

Perry Charles Chair

Zaffirini Judith Vice Chair

Creighton Brandon

Hall Bob

Hinojosa Juan “Chuy”

Kolkhorst Lois

Rodriguez José

Committee on Business and Commerce

Eltife Kevin Chair

Creighton Brandon Vice Chair

Ellis Rodney

Huffines Don

Schwertner Charles

Seliger Kel

Taylor Larry

Watson Kirk

Whitmire John

Committee on Criminal Justice

Whitmire John Chair

Huffman Joan Vice Chair

Burton Konni

Creighton Brandon

Hinojosa Juan “Chuy”

Perry Charles

Van de Putte Leticia

Committee on Education

Taylor Larry Chair

Lucio Eddie, Jr. Vice Chair

Bettencourt Paul

Campbell Donna

Garcia Sylvia

Huffines Don

Kolkhorst Lois

Rodriguez José

Seliger Kel

Taylor Van

West Royce

Committee on Finance

Nelson Jane Chair

Hinojosa Juan “Chuy” Vice Chair

Bettencourt Paul

Eltife Kevin

Hancock Kelly

Huffman Joan

Kolkhorst Lois

Nichols Robert

Schwertner Charles

Seliger Kel

Taylor Larry

Uresti Carlos

Watson Kirk

West Royce

Whitmire John

Committee on Health and Human Services

Schwertner Charles Chair

Kolkhorst Lois Vice Chair

Campbell Donna

Estes Craig

Perry Charles

Rodriguez José

Taylor Van

Uresti Carlos

Zaffirini Judith

Committee on Higher Education

Seliger Kel Chair

West Royce Vice Chair

Bettencourt Paul

Burton Konni

Perry Charles

Van de Putte Leticia

Watson Kirk

Committee on Intergovernmental Relations

Lucio Eddie, Jr. Chair

Bettencourt Paul Vice Chair

Campbell Donna

Garcia Sylvia

Nichols Robert

Taylor Larry

Van de Putte Leticia

Committee on Natural Resources and Economic Development

Fraser Troy Chair

Estes Craig Vice Chair

Birdwell Brian

Hall Bob

Hancock Kelly

Hinojosa Juan “Chuy”

Lucio Eddie, Jr.

Nichols Robert

Uresti Carlos

Seliger Kel

Zaffirini Judith

Committee on Nominations

Birdwell Brian Chair

Taylor Van Vice Chair

Burton Konni

Fraser Troy

Estes Craig

Rodriguez José

Watson Kirk

Committee on State Affairs

Huffman Joan Chair

Ellis Rodney Vice Chair

Birdwell Brian

Creighton Brandon

Estes Craig

Fraser Troy

Nelson Jane

Schwertner Charles

Zaffirini Judith

Committee on Transportation

Nichols Robert Chair

Huffines Don Vice Chair

Ellis Rodney

Fraser Troy

Garcia Sylvia

Hall Bob

Hancock Kelly

Kolkhorst Lois

Taylor Van

Committee on Veteran Affairs and Military Installations

Campbell Donna Chair

Burton Konni Vice Chair

Birdwell Brian

Garcia Sylvia

Hall Robert

Lucio Eddie, Jr.

Rodriguez José

Border Security Subcommittee

Birdwell Brian Chair

Hall Bob Vice Chair

Lucio Eddie, Jr.

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.

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Breitbart: DAN PATRICK CREDITS VICTORY TO SOCIAL MEDIA, SELFIES, AND STAUNCH CONSERVATISM

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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