Impeachment Trial Report


Many of you watched some or all of the impeachment trial in the Senate or followed it in the news. This is my recap of what happened in the House when they rushed through the impeachment during the last few days of session with little notice to members and the trial itself. At the end of the trial, I made brief remarks before I adjourned. The last impeachment of a statewide elected official was almost 100 years ago. We studied the records from that trial to help prepare for this trial and to help guide us in writing our rules. Decades from now, another legislature faced with an impeachment will look back at what happened in 2023. They won’t look at TV or radio interviews or read news stories. They will read the court record. I wanted to ensure the court record reflected the history of what happened in the House and the Senate. Here are my brief remarks.

Much of what I said in my remarks came from a courageous speech in the House from Rep. John Smithee, an experienced attorney. This is an important speech to listen to so you can genuinely understand the flawed and broken House process that 67 Republicans supported. Here is the courageous speech from Rep. Smithee, who tried to stop it.

Rep. Travis Clardy, also an attorney, echoed those of Rep. Smithee. You can listen to his remarks here.

As Promised

As promised, I made the request to our state auditor today. Read my official statement here.

Fox & Friends with Lawrence Jones

I joined Fox News this morning to briefly discuss the issue. You can click here to watch my interview with Lawrence Jones.

The Mark Davis Show

I was on the Mark Davis radio show this morning in the DFW area. If you want to hear a full interview on the House’s process and the impeachment trial, listen to my complete interview with Mark, which will give you more insight.

Thank you all for your support and everything you do to keep Texas red. May God bless you and your family, and may He continue to bless the greatest state of all—Texas.


Dan Patrick

Dan Patrick
Lieutenant Governor of Texas