Lt. Governor Makes Endorsements in Six State Senate Races

AUSTIN – Lt. Governor Dan Patrick has formally endorsed in six State Senate races for the 2016 Republican Primary.

“I need these members back for the 85th Legislative Session that begins in January 2017. Each are key members of a team that achieved tremendous success passing conservative legislation during the 84th Session, a Session that most observers believe was one of the most, if not the most, conservative and productive Senate Session in the history of our Great State,” Patrick said. “Despite our success, there is still much to be done.”

Lt. Governor Patrick recorded endorsement videos for each of these Senators, and is sending the video messages into each member’s district.

Endorsing Jane Nelson for re-election, Patrick said, “I appointed Jane as the first Chairman of a regular Session Finance Committee; she did a masterful job in that role.”

Endorsing Brian Birdwell for re-election, Patrick said, “I appointed Brian as Chair of Nominations and of the subcommittee on Border Security; he did an incredible job in that dual role.”

Endorsing Larry Taylor for re-election, Patrick said, “I appointed Larry as Chairman of Education, a committee I chaired in my last Session as a Senator, and he did an incredible job chairing one of the toughest committees in the Legislature.”

Endorsing Charles Perry for re-election, Patrick said, “I appointed Charles as Chair of Rural Affairs, Agriculture and Water. Even though he was a freshman Senator, he did an incredible job in his first Session.”

Endorsing Lois Kolkhorst for re-election, Patrick said, “Lois had one of the most comprehensive committee assignments and heaviest workloads in the Texas Senate. She did an outstanding job on all of her committees including Finance.”

Endorsing Brandon Creighton for re-election, Patrick said, “Brandon was one of our conservative leaders on the Senate floor who helped us achieve the goals we set for ourselves during this past Session. I knew I could trust his conservative values to help pass key legislation.”






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ICYMI: I released 57 interim charges that reflect issues that Texans have asked us to study. Our 31 senators submitted hundreds of ideas, with many senators sharing similar proposals. My staff and I worked diligently for weeks to review each request, and this is the first set of interim charges I am releasing in preparation for the 89th Legislature. We may release a second shorter list of additional charges before next session.

You can read more about them here:; and here is a list of all 57 charges for the Senate:
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