Houston, Texas , United States
|| April 04, 1950
Aug 24, 2015 03:23pm
|Info||As a conservative member of the Texas Senate, Dan proves that one person can make a difference in Austin if they keep their promises and stick to their principles. |
In his first session, Senator Patrick passed a bill placing “In God We Trust” permanently in the Senate Chamber and was the Senate author to place "Under God" in our state pledge.
This past session, Dan passed nearly 40 bills, including 18 of his top 20 priority issues. One of his top accomplishments was authoring the biggest tax cut passed in any state this year, a $172 million tax cut affecting 40,000 small businesses.
Three of his other major accomplishments happened in the district when Dan helped lead a coalition to finalize a deal for the new University Center on 249 making college more affordable and accessible to thousands in his district. Dan also passed a bill requiring back up power for water districts so we do not repeat the loss of water experienced during Hurricane Ike. Dan also passed an important crime fighting bill to give counties more power to regulate and shut down sexually oriented businesses.
For the second time in two sessions, Dan passed a bill requiring a doctor, before performing an abortion, to perform an ultrasound and offer the woman the option to view it. Although it died in the House again, he will keep fighting for this bill.
Senator Patrick is currently Vice Chair of the Education and Higher Education committees. He also serves on the Health and Human Services, Criminal Justice, and two other committees. He is known for his hard work ethic, being prepared on the issues, and being one of the best debaters on the Senate floor.
After the recent session, Senator Patrick worked to save the optional 20% homestead exemption in Cy Fair ISD, saving the average homeowner nearly $700 a year.
He has been recognized as “Legislator of the Year” by a wide variety of groups, such as the Independent Electrical Contractors and District Attorneys Association of Texas. Dan was awarded for his work on healthcare by the Harris County Medical Society and given the top award by Texans for Lawsuit Reform for his continued staunch support for tort reform in Texas.
Dan recently produced an award winning Christian film The Heart of Texas, voted best film made in Texas for 2009, and is author of the book The Second Most Important Book You Will Ever Read, a challenge to read the Bible. He owns and operates talk radio stations in Dallas and Houston and does a daily talk show each afternoon when time permits.
He has been married for 34 years to Jan. Their son Ryan is an assistant D.A. in Harris County and their daughter Shane is attending nursing school.
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