ROCKWALL – Three-term Texas Land Commissioner and retired U.S. Marine Reserve officer, Jerry Patterson, a newly-announced candidate for Texas Lieutenant Governor will be the featured speaker at the Rockwall County Republican Men’s Club breakfast meeting this Saturday morning at 8 am at the Harry Myers Park Community Center, 815 E. Washington St.
The general public is invited. If you want to eat, the price is $6 for a Soulman’s catered breakfast. There is no charge if you do not want to eat.
Patterson was first elected Land Commissioner in November, 2002, and re-elected to his third four-year term in 2010, after serving as a State Senator from 1993 to 1999 for Harris, Galveston and Brazoria Counties.
Among his most noteworthy legislative achievements include passage of the historic concealed handgun law, a Constitutional Amendment allowing home equity lending, the Texas coastal management plan and the creation of the Texas State Veterans Home Program. He also chaired the first Veterans Affairs committee in the Senate.
In 2007, Patterson was named “Texan of the Year” for his outstanding work in promoting Texas history education and strengthening Texas Independence Day as a day of celebration for all Texans. In 2011, the Sons of the Republic of Texas named Patterson a “Knight of San Jacinto” for his efforts to preserve Texas history.
In 1972, Patterson volunteered for Vietnam duty and began nearly 20 years of service to the nation as a U.S. Marine and naval flight officer. He served in Vietnam during the last six months of the that war in 1973 and received his naval flight officer wings in November, 1974, in Pensacola FL. He then transferred to Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, AZ for transition into the F4 Phantom aircraft.
In the summer of 1980, Patterson left active duty and joined the Marine Corps Reserve at Dallas Naval Air Station. Here he joined Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 112 — otherwise known as the “Cowboys.” In 1991, Patterson was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in the Marine Corps Reserve. After his election to the Texas Senate from District 11 in 1992, he retired from the Reserve in 1993.
Patterson resides in Austin and has four children. His son, Travis, is a graduate of Texas A&M, where he was commissioned as a US Marine Lieutenant. He served four overseas tours of duty as a Marine attack helicopter pilot in the War on Terror, including two in Iraq. His daughter, Emily, is an attorney in Kosovo for an agency funded by the U.S. State Department.
By J.J. Smith