Deval Patrick
Deval Patrick was reelected to a second term as Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in November 2010, renewing his commitment to expanding opportunity and prosperity in Massachusetts. Governor Patrick's life has charted a path from the South Side of Chicago to the U.S. Justice Department, Fortune 500 boardrooms, and now the Massachusetts State House. In each of these capacities, Governor Patrick has been guided by the advice of his grandmother: hope for the best and work for it.

First elected in 2006 on a platform of hope and change, Governor Patrick entered office propelled by an unprecedented grassroots campaign. Despite a challenging economic environment, the Patrick administration maintained or expanded the state's investment in critical growth sectors while delivering timely budgets and cutting state spending. Governor Patrick funded public education at the highest levels in the history of the Commonwealth and its school reform initiatives earned Massachusetts the top spot in the national Race to the Top competition. And through targeted initiatives that play to the Commonwealth's unique strengths, like his landmark 10-year, $1 billion program to promote the state's life sciences industry, the Governor has positioned the state as a global leader in biotech, bio pharmaceuticals and IT, and as a national leader in clean energy, including making Massachusetts home to the country's first offshore wind farm.

Governor Patrick committed the state to renewing its aging and neglected infrastructure and oversaw the expansion of affordable health care insurance to over 98% of Massachusetts residents. The Patrick administration also accomplished major reforms that had eluded decades of other elected leadership, reforming the state's pension systems, ethics laws, and transportation bureaucracy.

Patrick came to Massachusetts in 1970 at the age of 14. A motivated student despite the difficult circumstances of poor and sometimes violent Chicago schools, he was awarded a scholarship to Milton Academy through A Better Chance, a Boston-based organization. From that time forward, it has been Massachusetts people, schools, and institutions that have given Governor Patrick the opportunity to excel. He sees his service as governor as pay-back for the opportunities the Commonwealth has given him.

Governor Patrick is a graduate of Harvard College, the first in his family to attend college, and of Harvard Law School. After clerking for a federal judge, he led a successful career in the private sector as an attorney and business executive, rising to senior executive positions at Texaco and Coca-Cola. In 1994, President Clinton appointed Patrick as Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights, the nation's top civil rights post.

Diane and Deval Patrick have been married for more than twenty-five years and have two adult daughters.

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Deval Patrick was reelected to a second term as Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in November 2010, renewing his commitment to expanding opportunity and prosperity in Massachusetts. Governor Patrick's life has charted a path from the South Side of Chicago to the U.S. Justice Department, Fortune 500 boardrooms, and now the Massachusetts State House. In each of these capacities, Governor Patrick has been guided by the advice of his grandmother: hope for the best and work for it.

First elected in 2006 on a platform of hope and change, Governor Patrick entered office propelled by an unprecedented grassroots campaign. Over the course of his first term, Governor Patrick faced down strong economic headwinds to make Massachusetts a national leader in clean energy, affordable health care, public education, veterans services and job growth.

The Governor successfully implemented Massachusetts' landmark health care reform law, bringing affordable health care insurance to over 98% of the state's residents - the highest percentage in the nation. He is now focused on new strategies to rein in health insurance premiums and make health care as affordable as it is accessible. The Governor has also fought to preserve marriage equality and ensure that Massachusetts' veterans return home to a world-class support system.

By choosing to invest in education, infrastructure and innovative industries, Governor Patrick positioned Massachusetts to rebound quickly from the global recession and continue its growth trajectory. His budgets have funded public education at the highest levels in the state's history and under his leadership Massachusetts won the national Race to the Top education reform competition. The Governor pushed for and signed an education reform bill giving schools the tools they need to close a persistent student achievement gap and support classroom innovation. Massachusetts' public school students have consistently ranked at the top of the Nation on achievement tests.

The Governor has also recommitted the state to the improvement and expansion of the Commonwealth's aging and neglected public infrastructure with record investments in roads, rails and bridges, public and affordable housing, broadband expansion, and public college and university campuses. And through targeted initiatives that play to the Commonwealth's unique strengths, like his landmark 10-year, $1 billion program to promote the state's life sciences industry, the Governor has positioned the state as a global leader in biotech, bio pharmaceuticals and IT, and as a national leader in clean energy, including making Massachusetts home to the country's first offshore wind farm.

Through the most productive legislative sessions in decades, Governor Patrick has worked hard to improve the performance and culture of state government. The Governor's pension reform bill eliminated the most egregious abuses and special perks from the state's pension system. Governor Patrick eliminated the Turnpike Authority and streamlined the transportation and economic development bureaucracies, saving taxpayers millions. During his first term, Governor Patrick cut $4.3 billion dollars from state spending and delivered all four budgets on time, earning the state "double A" bond ratings from all the independent financial rating agencies. He worked with the legislature to pass sweeping ethics reform legislation, lower auto insurance premiums by introducing competition, and replace costly police details at construction sites with civilian flaggers.

Patrick came to Massachusetts in 1970 at the age of 14. A motivated student despite the difficult circumstances of poor and sometimes violent Chicago schools, he was awarded a scholarship to Milton Academy through A Better Chance, a Boston-based organization. From that time forward, it has been Massachusetts people, schools, and institutions that have given Governor Patrick the opportunity to excel. He sees his service as governor as pay-back for the opportunities the Commonwealth has given him.

Governor Patrick is a graduate of Harvard College, the first in his family to attend college, and of Harvard Law School. Following law school, he served as a law clerk to a federal appellate judge before joining the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund as a staff attorney. In 1986, he joined the Boston law firm of Hill & Barlow and was named partner in 1990, at the age of 34.

In 1994, President Clinton appointed Patrick Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights, the nation's top civil rights post. At the Justice Department, Patrick worked on a wide range of issues, including prosecution of hate crimes, and the enforcement of employment discrimination, fair lending and disabilities rights laws.

In 1997, Patrick was appointed the first chairperson of Texaco's Equality and Fairness Task Force where he led a company-wide effort to create a more equitable workplace environment. The Governor later served as Texaco's Vice President and General Counsel, leading the company's global legal affairs, and as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of the Coca-Cola Company, a member of the company's senior leadership team.

Diane and Deval Patrick have been married for more than twenty-five years and have two adult daughters.

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