Patrick Votes Early 2017 Constitutional Amendment Election

October 31, 2017

MONTGOMERY COUNTY –  Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick cast his ballot in Montgomery County today in the 2017 constitutional amendment election. He was joined by Senator Brandon Creighton, R-Conroe.

“I voted for all the Constitutional amendments on the ballot and I am especially proud to vote for Proposition 6, which will exempt surviving spouses of first responders killed in the line of duty from property taxes until they remarry. This was one of my legislative priorities in the last session.

“Voting is one of our greatest freedoms. It always feels great to cast a ballot and I encourage you to go to the polls and vote. Early voting continues until the end of the week and Election Day is next Tuesday.”

In order for a Constitutional amendment to be placed on the ballot it must receive a 2/3 vote in both the Texas House and the Texas Senate –both of which have strong Republican majorities.

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Patrick Scores Hat Trick – Abbott, Cornyn and Cruz Endorsements

October 19, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Thursday, October 19, 2017

AUSTIN – Dan Patrick, Texas Lieutenant Governor, announced three key re-election endorsements today:

“I am proud to announce I have been endorsed for re-election by Governor Greg Abbott, US Sen. John Cornyn and US Sen. Ted Cruz. We know the nation often looks to Texas for leadership and most often that means they are looking to our great Governor and our two US Senators who are leading the fight in both Austin and Washington on so many issues. Each is a giant in his own right.”

The Governor and both Texas US Senators issued the following statements endorsing Patrick’s re-election:

“Dan Patrick has proven to be a partner in our fight to advance conservative ideas, preserve Texas values and keep our state the envy of the nation. Working together over the past two legislative sessions, we have passed reforms that advanced individual liberty and created greater opportunities for all Texans. I look forward to continuing our work in the next legislative session, and I am proud to endorse his re-election for Lieutenant Governor.”
Greg Abbott
Texas Governor

“Dan Patrick’s leadership of the Texas Senate is a major reason Texas remains the best place to live, work and raise a family. I’m proud of what Dan has accomplished and urge everyone to vote to re-elect him as Lt. Governor.”

John Cornyn
US Sen. – TX 

“Dan Patrick has proven a steadfast, unapologetic leader in advancing the principles that make the Lone Star State the best in the nation. He has consistently fought against efforts to expand taxes and regulations, he has defended our constitutional liberties, and he has worked hard to provide more and better opportunities to help Texans achieve the American Dream, most notably through his tireless championing of school choice. I am proud to stand with Dan and support his re-election and look forward to continuing to work with him for years to come on behalf of 28 million Texans.”

Ted Cruz
US Sen. – TX

The Campaign also announces support from the overwhelming majority of the State Republican Executive Committee (SREC) and top Republican Party County Chairs.

“The Party grassroots, the faithful who roll up their sleeves at campaign time, have signaled they want to keep a true conservative leader as Lt. Governor,” Patrick said.

The Campaign additionally announces the support of a cadre of major conservative coalitions covering issues important to the conservative majority in Texas.

  • Concerned Women of America, Texas
  • Conservative Republicans of Texas
  • Texas Alliance for Life
  • Texas Eagle Forum
  • Texans for Fiscal Responsibility
  • Texas Right to Life
  • Texas State Rifle Association
  • Texas Values

“If ever there was a list of organizations who cover the waterfront on issues, this list covers all the bases. Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness and everything in between, they are all here. I’m humbled to have this tremendous show of support,” Patrick said.

In addition, Patrick also unveiled the support from a number of Tea Party leaders representing some of the biggest Tea Party organizations in Texas.

  • Dr. Dwayne Collins – Edom Tea Party
  • Ken Emanuelson – Dallas Tea Party / The Grassroots Texans Network
  • Toni & Tom Fabry – Frisco Tea Party
  • JoAnn Fleming – Grassroots America We the People
  • Bill Hussey – Llano Tea Party
  • Robin & Jim Lennon – Kingwood Tea Party
  • Matt Long – Fredericksburg Tea Party
  • Julie McCarty – NE Tarrant Tea Party
  • Ray Meyers – Kaufman County Tea Party
  • Mike Olcott – Parker Co. Conservatives
  • Russ Ramsland – Park Cities/Preston Hollow Leadership Forum
  • Julie Turner – Texas Patriots PAC
  • Maggie Wright – Texas Patriots Tea Party

“I’m emboldened by this strong show of support by these Tea Party leaders. They are a powerful ally in this campaign.

The Lt. Governor also rolled out endorsements from 19 Republican members of the Texas Senate.

  • Sen. Bryan Hughes, Mineola
  • Sen. Bob Hall, Canton
  • Sen. Robert Nichols, Jacksonville
  • Sen. Brandon Creighton, Conroe
  • Sen. Charles Schwertner, Georgetown
  • Sen. Paul Bettencourt, Houston
  • Sen. Van Taylor, Plano
  • Sen. Kelly Hancock, North Richland Hills
  • Sen. Konni Burton, Colleyville
  • Sen. Larry Taylor, Friendswood
  • Sen. Jane Nelson, Flower Mound
  • Sen. Don Huffines, Dallas
  • Sen. Joan Huffman, Houston
  • Sen. Lois Kolkhorst, Brenham
  • Sen. Brian Birdwell, Granbury
  • Sen. Dawn Buckingham, Lakeway
  • Sen. Donna Campbell, New Braunfels
  • Sen. Charles Perry, Lubbock
  • Sen. Craig Estes, Wichita Falls

“These are the ladies and gentlemen I work with every day, they know me as well as anyone. I take these endorsements as high praise from the folks who work with me to move the conservative agenda forward in the Texas Senate,” Patrick concluded.

“Today’s endorsement rollout may be the most comprehensive list ever announced in a single release,” said Allen Blakemore, Patrick’s chief political strategist. “This campaign is like the wise man who built his house on the rock. We have laid a foundation that will withstand the attacks from the left and carry Dan Patrick to victory.”

Texans for Dan Patrick Donates $100,000 to Rebuild Texas Fund 

September 2, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Friday, August 1, 2017

HOUSTON, TX – Texans for Dan Patrick announced today that it will donate $100,000 to the Rebuild Texas Fund, which was established today by Governor Greg Abbott in collaboration with the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation and the OneStar Foundation to help with the response and recovery efforts for Hurricane Harvey. The Dell Foundation is contributing $36 million to the fund with the long-term vision for the recovery of the affected areas.

“The whole world is seeing the strength and resilience of the great Texas spirit, from our committed first responders to the thousands of volunteers across the storm zone. The Rebuild Texas Fund is another example of how Texans and those worldwide who share the Texas spirit are working together and will continue to work together through every step of this process – rescue, which is still going on in some areas, recovery and finally, rebuilding. In addition to the contribution from Texans for Dan Patrick, Jan and I are also contributing $25,000 to this important effort to ensure that our great state has all the resources we need to rebuild our great state following this massive storm.”

More information about Texans for Dan Patrick is available at www.DanPatrick.org.

Patrick Poll: Support for Privacy Legislation Remains Strong

July 17, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Monday, July 17, 2017

Patrick Poll:  Support for Privacy Legislation Remains Strong

Texas Majority Does Not Back Down Despite Media Assault Against Privacy

AUSTIN TX – The voice of the Texas GOP majority is loud and clear when it comes to privacy legislation. They want to maintain separate restrooms, locker rooms, and shower facilities for men and women and boys and girls and they don’t care if the media thinks it is politically incorrect. Privacy legislation passed the Senate in the regular session and would have passed in the Texas House had the leadership allowed a vote. (Privacy legislation died in committee even though the bill had 80 co-authors.)

A poll conducted by Texans for Dan Patrick in the run-up to the Special Session shows overwhelming support among Republican voters for privacy legislation that would assure women and girls have privacy and can feel safe in public restrooms, locker rooms, and shower facilities. Previous polling also shows majority support for privacy legislation among Democrats.

The latest poll shows no statistically significant change from previous polling on privacy legislation in November. Sixty-four percent of GOP voters support “making it illegal for men to enter a women’s restroom, locker room, or shower in order to assure that women can have privacy and feel safe.”

Importantly, 72 percent of those GOP voters said support for privacy legislation is one of the issues they will look at in determining who to vote for in the GOP primary in March.

These findings echo a public poll taken by the University of Texas/Texas Tribune last month which found a dramatic increase in the number of Republican voters who believe privacy is an important issue – up 13 percent among all GOP voters and 31 percent among core Republican voters. It is notable that the number of voters who believe privacy is unimportant did not increase during the legislative session, despite an avalanche of negative news reports from the media which has mobilized against this issue and made no attempt to provide balanced reporting. For the facts on privacy legislation, http://danpatrick.org/fact-sheet-texas-privacy-legislation/.

(Two previous UT/Texas Tribune polls also showed majority support for privacy legislation. UT Pollsters didn’t ask voters if they supported privacy in the June poll, presumably because they already knew it had majority support.)

The Texans for Dan Patrick poll was conducted by Baselice and Associates from June 27-29. It included 601 respondents and had a margin of error of +/- 4.0 percent.

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Patrick Shatters Fundraising Records…Again

July 10, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: Allen Blakemore
Monday, July 10, 2017
713-526-3399
Patrick Shatters Fundraising Records…Again Grassroots and Business Support Pours In Nearly $4 million Raised and Close to $17 million Cash-on-Hand

Patrick Shatters Fundraising Records…Again Grassroots and Business Support Pours In Nearly $4 million Raised and Close to $17 million Cash-on-Hand AUSTIN, TX – Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick will report having raised just shy of $4,000,000 during the 12-day fundraising reporting period at the end of June. This represents another record-breaking fundraising period for Patrick.

“As Lt. Governor, I pledged to listen to the voters and do the right thing. The response from the business community and the grassroots is a loud and clear endorsement of what we have accomplished and what we intend to do,” said Patrick.  “I am extremely proud of the conservative legislation we have passed in the Texas Senate and the conservative agenda we are moving forward. I remain grateful for the opportunity to serve as Lt. Governor and the generous support I have received from all over the state. I am looking forward to continuing to provide conservative leadership in Texas.”

“The Patrick campaign is prepared for any political challenge. With almost $17,000,000 in the bank, Dan Patrick can continue to lead the conservative charge in Texas and stand up for Texas principles and values in Austin,” said Allen Blakemore, Texans for Dan Patrick Chief Strategist.

Texas legislators were prohibited from raising money before June 19 and the campaign is required to report contributions and expenditures as of June 30. The official report will be filed with the Texas Ethics Commission July 17, 2017. Though not required, the Lt. Governor will not be raising campaign contributions during the upcoming special session.

More information about Texans for Dan Patrick is available at www.DanPatrick.org.

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Saturday Morning Reflection

June 24, 2017

California vs Texas – The Real Story

The real story behind California’s recently announced ban on travel to Texas goes beyond the temporary prohibition of state employees being allowed to attend conferences and other events in our state. I say temporary because no one really believes that California state employees will never be allowed to travel to Texas again.

And no one believes that we in Texas are going to change our laws to suit liberal California and Governor Jerry “Moonbeam” Brown. Instead, the travel ban is the latest chapter in a much bigger story.

Freedom to Serve Children Act

California announced the travel ban in response to the passage of the Freedom to Serve Children Act which expands the number of organizations in Texas that are recruiting foster care parents to include those who believe placing children with gay or lesbian couples violates their religious beliefs. It does not exclude any one or any group.

Finding high quality foster homes is an urgent need in Texas and has been a personal priority for me and for many others in the Legislature. The bottom line is that this law will expand the pool of potential foster parents.

Some may agree and others may not, but the point is, in Texas, we decide what our laws will be. We don’t buckle under to the radical extremist left, even if they are flying the official flag of the state of California.

I predicted this earlier this year

The same radical left that pushed the travel ban on the foster care legislation has also threatened to retaliate against Texas because of our passage of the Ban on Sanctuary Cities. And, of course, retaliation and boycotts have been a theme of the opposition against the Texas Privacy Act — dismissively called the “bathroom bill” by the left-wing media.

When it comes to protecting our conservative principles and values, the strategy of the radical left appears to be saying — we know the people of Texas agree with you so we will get the left-wing liberals who live in other states to come out against you.

I have said repeatedly that if we cave on the issue of privacy and back off, the threats of boycotts won’t stop. California’s action on the foster care bill proves I was right. We can only guess what the left-wing liberals would target Texas for next — our pro-life policies, oil production, support for gun rights and the Second Amendment?

There is no question that there is broad support for these conservative issues. Just one quick example. If you look closely at a poll released last week by the liberal Texas Tribune, you will find that, despite hundreds of negative news stories about the privacy bill, support for legislation which requires men and women to have separate designated restrooms, has increased dramatically — over 30 points among core Republicans. Opposition is low and about the same as it was months ago when the debate began.

Assault on Texas Values

We must stand strong against this assault on our liberty and our Texas values. These threats have had near zero impact on any city or state that fought back. We’ve added 9 million people to Texas since 2000 and they are still coming including many conservatives and business owners from California.

Texas is ranked #1 as the best state to do business by CEO magazine.

One last point. Despite what they say in the liberal media, the Foster Care Bill and the Texas Privacy Act do not discriminate against anyone. Every Texan is free to live their life as they choose. We are simply standing up for religious freedom and the common sense values held by the overwhelming majority of Texans. As your Lt Governor I can assure you I have no intention of kowtowing to the radical left and I will never quit fighting for our conservative values and principles.

May God continue to bless the greatest place on earth – Texas. Dan Patrick

Support for Privacy Legislation Grows Across Texas

June 21, 2017

UT/Texas Tribune Poll Reveals Increase in Support

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

HOUSTON TX – A University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll was released yesterday under a headline indicating most Texans do not think privacy legislation — requiring separate, designated restrooms, locker rooms, and showers for men and women and boys and girls in public schools and government facilities – is important. According to news reports, 44 percent of those surveyed believe privacy is an important issue while 47 percent do not. What the news stories fail to explain is that the data released shows the number of Texans who believe privacy to be an important issue has increased 5 points since the last UT/TxTrib poll was released in February. 

Also buried in the news coverage was the fact that the poll showed that the percentage of people who believe privacy legislation is important has increased 13 percent among Republican voters and 31 percent among core Republicans. Those who do not believe privacy legislation is important and presumably oppose it has not changed.

This dramatic increase in the number of people who believe privacy legislation is important and the lack of change among those who don’t is particularly telling considering the onslaught of negative news coverage hurled at privacy legislation advocates during the 140-day regular legislative session. One anti-privacy group announced that there had been $200 million in “bad publicity for the state” as a result of the proposed bathroom legislation.

“Clearly all this bad publicity has only served to galvanize Texans in their support for the safety and privacy of women,” said Allen Blakemore, political strategist for Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, a leading advocate of privacy legislation in Texas.

“Our own polling has consistently found strong support for the legislature to establish a privacy policy in Texas and we suspect the UT Texas Tribune poll would find the same thing if they asked the question. Unfortunately, this poll did not ask a simple support/oppose question on the issue of privacy.

“Instead, they only asked those surveyed if they thought the privacy issue was important — no context was provided. After finding majority support in the previous UT/TxTrib poll on this issue, it is interesting that they did not ask the question in this poll.

“Finally, the odd methodology skews the UT/TxTrib survey. It is important to remember that the number of Texans who believe privacy is an important issue would probably be higher if the polling sample was drawn from voting Texans. This poll has more Democrats and more people between the ages of 18 and 44 than actually vote. The polling sample is also almost a third liberals, when virtually any responsible Texas pollster will tell you that the number of self-identified liberals who vote in Texas is only a little more than 20 percent,” Blakemore concluded.

More information about Texans for Dan Patrick is available at www.DanPatrick.org.

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Regular Legislative Session Ends: Battle for Property Taxes and Privacy Continues

May 31, 2017
I began this session with a strong conservative agenda that affirmed my commitment to property tax reform, women’s privacy, life, the second amendment, border security, religious liberty and a lean and efficient government.

I’m proud to share all 30 of my top priorities passed out to the Texas Senate, and 20 of the 30 priorities I announced in January are on track to become law. Below are a few highlights from the 85th Legislative Session:

 

– The Senate led in passing a conservative budget that is more than a billion dollars less that our last budget and did not use the Rainy Day Fund for on-going expenses.

– The Senate led in passing legislation banning sanctuary cities and maintained funding for border security. We passed one of the strongest pro-life bills ever, protecting the dignity and sanctity of life by banning partial birth abortion in Texas as well as increasing criminal penalties for buying or selling human fetal tissue. We also passed critical reforms for Child Protective Services.

– The Senate led in strengthening religious liberty with the sermon protection act and we provided funding for protective vests for every law enforcement officer in Texas. We also passed a critical Photo Voter ID law.

– The Senate also led on ethics reform including additional public disclosures for office holders and candidates and cutting retirement benefits for elected officials who are convicted felons.

 

Below is the list of my top 30 legislative priorities. Click here for more information.
30 For 30

 

The Texas House killed real property tax reform, privacy protections, additional school funding and the tuition freeze that passed the senate.

 

I am disappointed the Texas House blocked the passage of real property tax reform through rate rollbacks and mandatory elections. Unfortunately this means that Texans will continue to suffer a high property tax burden. The House also ignored the need to establish privacy regulations for schools and other local entities, ensuring that our state will continue to be embroiled in this issue in local communities and school restrooms, locker rooms and showers. Click here to see a video of my press conference on these issues in the closing days of the legislative session.  

 

The House killed the tuition freeze legislation, which would have immediately addressed the spiraling costs of a college education that is crippling many Texans. Inexplicably, the House also rejected over a half-billion dollars in additional school funding because of their refusal to accept a school choice program for disabled children.
I am very proud of what we were able to accomplish in the 140 days of this legislative session and I give all the credit to the vigilance and hard work of every senator.  We will continue to celebrate these victories of conservative principles and governance and we will continue to fight the battles that remain — particularly on property taxes and privacy which remain ‘must-pass’ legislation.

 

Thank you for your support during the 85th Legislative Session.

15 day Countdown

May 16, 2017
As you know, the Texas Legislature is just 15 days away from the end of the regular legislative session and I am continuing to fight hard for the conservative agenda you elected me to push forward.  Here is a quick update:

One of my top legislative priorities – Senate Bill 4 Banning Sanctuary Cities – was signed into law last week.  Watch my interview below on Fox Business News where I discuss how we are putting an end to sanctuary cities in Texas.

Sanctuary City Law

On Its Way to the Governor’s Desk
Two of my legislative priorities are on their way to the Governor’s desk to be signed into law. Sermon Safeguard will protect our First Amendment right to religious liberty. This legislation will give pastors critical protection from forced testimony and shield sermons from government subpoena power. Senate Bill 16 – License to Carry Fee Reform will make lawful carry more affordable for law abiding citizens across the state. Watch here for more details on License to Carry Fee reform.

License To Carry

Darrington Prison Seminary Graduation
Seven years ago, I helped start a prison seminary program at the Darrington Prison Unit. This week, 34 seminary students were part of the program’s third graduating class. Almost all students have long sentences. The program is designed to train inmate pastors 24/7 in our prisons. God has transformed these criminal offenders into some really amazing people. No public tax dollars are involved. Below are a few photos from the graduation ceremony.

Seminary

Thank you for your continued support. Watch us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for updates on my priority bills as the session winds down.