Through a video directed to his supporters and posted on his official site, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick announced on Thursday morning his intention to run for re-election in 2022. “We will crush the Democrats again in 2022” said Patrick in his video statement.
Patrick’s announcement comes exactly one month after former President Donald Trump endorsed him for a third term, the same day Senator Don Huffines announced he would be challenging Governor Greg Abbot for the seat.
“Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick is a great fighter for the people of Texas,” Trump said in a statement. “Texans should re-elect him! He is outstanding and has my Complete and Total Endorsement!” said Trump.
There are currently no high-profile challengers for Patrick’s run, however, he has been facing friendly fire within the GOP.
“I do not support Dan Patrick for reelection — I think he needs to go, I think we need somebody else in there, somebody who’s actually committed to being a productive member,” Rep. Cody Vasut, said.
Patrick has been Texas lieutenant governor since 2014 and most recently feuding against Speaker of the House Dade Phelan over who’s to blame for the impossibility to pass Republican priority bills during the Legislature.
“We have to push back and stop the destructive policies of the Biden Administration – open borders, anti-life, anti-Second Amendment and the spending of trillions of dollars that will raise your taxes. I look forward to working with you in the months ahead to Keep Texas Red.” said Dan Patrick.