2021 WAS TRULY ONE FOR THE RECORD BOOKS. CHECK OUT SOME OF THE KEY MOMENTS AND HIGHLIGHTS!

That’s a Wrap!

I am proud of the work done by the Texas Senate during the past four legislative sessions. We have continued to move boldly to protect life, support the Second Amendment, invest more money in border security than any lieutenant governor in history, continue to increase teacher pay, provide a 13th check for retired teachers for the second time, protect the rights of students and parents in education, ban the teaching of Critical Race Theory, and expand access to healthcare.

As the Biden, Pelosi, Schumer axis sets its sights on Texas, I renew my commitment to the people of Texas to fight to the end. I look forward to the 2022 elections, traveling the state, and sharing everything great about Texas with my fellow citizens.

2021 was truly one for the record books. Here are some of the key moments and highlights from this year.

2021

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February
February 23
These priorities address issues that are critical to Texans. They are designed to protect taxpayers and the Texas economy as it rebuilds following the pandemic and to secure Texas’ future, including addressing power failures in the winter storm. As always, the legislation also includes continued support for life, liberty and conservative Texas values.
March
March 1

Both the Public Utility Commission (PUC) Chair and Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) CEO said they were prepared the day before the storm hit in full force, but obviously, they were not. They hoped for the best instead of planning for the worst.

March 11
There was a total contradiction from the PUC in testimony at the House State Affairs Committee and Senate Committee on Jurisprudence. It was clear from ERCOT’s own Independent Market Monitor (IMM) that at least a $5B mistake was made.
March 30
SB 8 will prohibit a physician from performing an abortion if the unborn child has a detectable heartbeat, and SB 9 will immediately outlaw abortion in Texas if Roe v. Wade is overturned or a new law is passed prohibiting abortion at the federal level. Texas is a pro-life state and these bills reflect our commitment to protecting innocent life.
March 31
Broadband is essential to bridge the digital divide across our state, grow our thriving economy and ensure that Texas remains the best place to live, work and raise a family. SB 5 creates a State Broadband Development Office through the University of Texas that will create and adopt a state broadband plan within the next year.
April
April 6

Like every budget passed by the Senate since I have been lieutenant governor, SB 1 is within the spending limit set by the Texas Constitution, and, once again, the growth rate does not exceed population times inflation. SB 1 will help ensure that the economic forecast for Texas will continue to be bright.

April 8
The passage of SB 4 will ensure Texans can count on hearing the Star Spangled Banner at major sports events throughout the state that are played in venues that taxpayers support. We must always remember that America is the land of the free and the home of the brave.
April 14

Mandates that all ERCOT board members reside in Texas and that the CEO of ERCOT and the five unaffiliated members of the board be appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Texas Senate.

April 14

In some Texas cities, repeat and violent offenders are being allowed to roam free on personal recognizance or very low bail, putting our communities and law enforcement at risk. SB 21 will stop that.

April 16

Despite the unprecedented time challenges of the session including the pandemic and the winter storm, 25 conservative legislative priorities have already passed the Texas Senate by this time!

April 16

Traveled to San Antonio to unveil the new Plaza exhibit, which replicates a significant moment for the 1836 Alamo fort — featuring the cannon station where an “18-pounder” was fired at the start of the 13-day siege. A big day for Texas and America!

May
May 10
President Donald Trump said, “Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick is a great fighter for the people of Texas. He has stood up for Life, Liberty, the Second Amendment, Border Security, our Military and our Vets, and our God-given Freedoms. He has governed by conservative principles of LOW TAXES and careful spending, always doing what is best for his great State and for America. Texans should re-elect him! He is outstanding and has my Complete and Total Endorsement!
May 19

The Heartbeat Bill is signed into law, making it illegal for an abortion to be performed after a child’s heartbeat is detected in the womb. This bill will save thousands of lives… a historic day in Texas!

May 30

After Democrats abandoned their duties and walked out of the Texas House, I asked Gov. Abbott to call a June Special Session to pass SB 29 to save girls sports, SB 10 to end taxpayer funded lobbying, SB 12 to stop social media censorship, and other key legislation. The Texas House killed these conservative bills that a majority of Texans in both parties support.

June
June 16
Joined Governor Abbott and other state leaders in Austin for a press conference regarding Texas’ plan to build the wall, secure the border, and keep Texas and America safe. Texas took a stand by authorizing the construction of a border wall with what I believe is the most consequential letter, document, or resolution signed by any governor in Texas history.
June 29
On the weekend of Feb 13-14, Winter Storm Uri hit Texas with ice, snow and freezing temperatures seldom experienced in Texas. The storm stretched our power grid beyond its limits and generators failed to deliver the power needed. The Legislature made good progress this session in fixing the problem, but there is more important work to be done. The bottom line is that Texas needs more power and we need it now.
June 30
It was like old times in the Rio Grande Valley when President Trump visited the southern border. President Trump was a good friend to Texas and did so much to secure the border – in contrast to what we are seeing from Biden now with the 400% increase in illegal border crossings since he became President
July
July 8

Gaveled in the Texas Senate, and ready to pass all of the legislation on Governor Abbott’s Special Session call, starting with SB 1 — Election Integrity.

July 9
Kicked off CPAC 2021: America Uncanceled, the largest and most influential gathering of conservatives in the world. How fitting that it was held in Texas, as Texas is what America wants to be!
July 12

In an attempt to stop SB 1 – the Election Integrity Bill, House Democrats fly off to D.C., breaking House quorum.

July 15
One reason that Democrats are able to break the quorum in Texas so easily simply by walking out is that Texas requires that two-thirds of all lawmakers be present in order to conduct business – that is a very high bar. Most states only require a simple majority. I asked Gov. Abbott to add changing the quorum to a simple majority to his next special session call.

July 16

In just one week, the Texas Senate passes the entire list of legislation Gov. Abbott put on the special session call. Although the Texas House Democrats busted their quorum when they fled to Washington, D.C., we still had a quorum in the Texas Senate to pass this key legislation. Unfortunately, a quorum was not
maintained in the Texas House of Representatives and all of the bills died.

Here are the bills the Texas Senate passed (again):

● Senate Bill 1: Election Integrity

● Senate Bill 2: Fair Sports for Women and Girls


● Senate Bill 3: Banning Critical Race Theory in our Schools


● Senate Bill 4: Banning the Sale of Abortion-Inducing Drugs


● Senate Bill 5: Stopping Social Media Censorship


● Senate Bill 6: Bail Reform


● Senate Bill 7: 13th Check for Retired Teachers


● Senate Bills 8 and 12: Property Tax Reform


● Senate Bill 72 (formerly Senate Bill 9): Increasing Family Violence Prevention

August
September
September 1
The Texas Senate approves an additional $1.8 billion to further secure our border because the federal government under President Biden is not doing their job.
September 2
I am very proud to say that the Texas Senate completed one of the greatest weeks for Republican legislation in Texas, and perhaps, American history. We passed some of the strongest voter security, pro-life, Second Amendment, and pro-business bills in the country. A huge victory for all of Texas.
September 7
The Election Integrity Bill is signed into law. SB 1 ensures that every Texan can trust the outcome of every election in the Lone Star State. By making it easy to vote and hard to cheat, we have dramatically improved elections across Texas.
September 15
“There is much to do over the next 30-day special session. As we have through the first two Special Sessions, the Texas Senate stands ready to get to work, fulfilling our obligations to the taxpayers & all the people of Texas.”
September 20
The Texas Senate is committed to passing fair and legal redistricting maps, protecting womens' and girls’ sports and providing lasting property tax relief for Texans.
September 20

President Biden has allowed our southern border to collapse into total disarray. I went to the Del Rio bridge for a firsthand look at this illegal immigration disaster, which continues to spiral out of control.

September 23

I joined Governor Abbott as he signed the Damon Allen Act, SB 6, into law at the Capitol. This bill prohibits violent or repeat offenders from being released on personal bond and mandates judges to consider the offender's criminal history before setting bail.

September 24

SB 1, passed by the Senate 30-1, guarantees $2 billion in property tax relief, and that amount could rise to a total of $4 billion for the current biennium if our surplus revenues grow.

October 19
The Third Special Session adjourned late Monday night. We made monumental strides in delivering for the people of Texas. The bills passed serve as a testament to our steadfast commitment to our conservative values and doing what is right – even in the toughest of times. It adds to an already historic regular session that ended in May.
October 24

I, along with Senator Donna Campbell, was honored to receive the Trailblazer Award from the American Football Coaches Association and National Football League at the Green Bay Packers game for our work protecting missing children by providing parents no-ink fingerprint kits to every student K through 7th in Texas. This can be the difference between safe, speedy return and tragedy. Missing children are a national crisis, and we must use all available resources to keep our little ones safe.

November
November 4
I attended the America First Policy Institute Gala at Mar-a-Lago. Over 500 people attended, including several Texas Senators — Bryan Hughes, Donna Campbell, Brandon Creighton and Dawn Buckingham, with President Trump as keynote. I was honored to be invited to sit with and visit with the President at the dinner.
November 22
America is at a crossroads, and Texas is ground-zero in the fight. The radicals on the left are focused on destroying the greatest nation on Earth. They seek to erase our history and drive a stake through the heart of American Exceptionalism. Like Travis at the Alamo, I am drawing a line in the sand. I will not yield, I will not waiver. I am resolved to continue the fight for the safety and security of Texas. That's exactly why I'm running for re-election.
November 29

I wrote an editorial that ran on Thanksgiving Day in the Dallas Morning News about our incredible police officers. This is an issue that weighs heavy on my heart.

December
December 6
And last but certainly not least, Jan and I are very blessed to have welcomed our 7th grandchild recently into the world, meet Raegan Faith. What a fantastic way to end the year!
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