Dan Patrick was born in Maryland in 1950.
Patrick's pre-political career began as a television broadcaster in 1977 in Scranton, PA. Two years later would become a sports broadcaster with KHOU-TV in Houston. After leaving sports broadcasting, Patrick filed for bankruptcy over an unsuccessful chain of sports bars.
Patrick eventually began hosting a conservative talk show in Houston, and in 2006 he purchased a Houston area radio station.
Patrick was elected to the Texas Senate in 2006. His first session was highlighted by verbal altercations with other Senators in public and in private. He made a last-minute attempt to cut $3 billion from the state budget during the final debate, a move that irritated lawmakers who argued Patrick had not bothered to offer these ideas for cuts during the months of work on the budget leading up to the final vote.
His next sessions saw a less confrontational Patrick focused on passing conservative legislation like his abortion sonogram bill, which requires women seeking an abortion to view a sonogram of the fetus and hear the heartbeat.
Patrick ran against and defeated then-Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst in the 2014 GOP Primary. He then defeated Sen. Leticia Van de Putte in November of 2014.
Patrick had campaigned on eliminating the Senate's traditional two-thirds rule, which required two-thirds of Senators to agree to bring a bill up for a vote. On his second day in office the Senate voted to change the threshold to three-fifths. After the vote, Patrick said the rule change will help him, "deliver a conservative agenda."
The new Senate rules also cut the number of Senate committees from 18 to 14. Patrick made good on another campaign promise by only giving two Democrats committee chairmanships.
Patrick says his goals for the 84th Legislative session include school vouchers, border security and transportation.