AUSTIN – Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, a week removed from his inauguration to a third term, already intends to run for a fourth.
Patrick, 72, said as much during a forum in Austin with the conservative news outlet The Texan. While being interviewed, Patrick said he would “absolutely” run for a fourth term.
Patrick cruised to reelection in 2022, beating his Democratic challenger by a little more than 10 percentage points.
“I’m in good health, and I just won by eight hundred and thirty-some thousand votes, so why wouldn’t I come back? I think we’ll be in good shape in ‘26 in the primary and the general,” Patrick said.
Even though reelection would be nearly four years away, Patrick already has a sizable $16.5 million warchest, according to a Jan. 17 campaign finance report. His latest fundraising haul included a $200,000 donation from Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, $125,000 from Buc-Ee’s owner Arch “Beaver” Aplin and $100,000 from West Texas oil magnate S. Javaid Anwar.
As lieutenant governor, Patrick is the president of the Senate. It is considered one of the most powerful lawmaking positions in Texas and is a highly influential post that shapes the laws that come out of the Capitol.
On Monday, Patrick appointed Republicans to lead all but one Senate committee. In making the announcement, he said that the chamber would pass laws with bipartisan support but that “the priority bills will address the concerns of the conservative majority in Texas.”
Patrick’s winning a fourth term would not set records. A 16-year stint would make him second to only William Hobby Jr., who served for 18 years, from 1973 to 1991, according to the Legislative Reference Library.