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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.

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.

Entries by Gov. Deval Patrick

Celebrating Marriage Equality

(21) Comments | Posted May 16, 2014 | 8:58 AM

Co-authored with Mary Bonauto, Congressman Barney Frank, and Marc Solomon.

On May 17, 2004, Massachusetts once again altered the course of American history. That day, 14 brave individuals -- plaintiffs in the Massachusetts freedom to marry lawsuit -- along with many others from throughout the Commonwealth, simply married the person...

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Why Being My Brother's Keeper Matters

(29) Comments | Posted March 6, 2014 | 7:07 AM

As a black man, my heart aches over the disproportionate numbers of men and boys of color left back by schools, left out of jobs and caught up in crime. As a black public official, I am struck by how little appetite there seems to be among law makers to...

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Health Care Reform Works in Massachusetts and It Will Work in America

(545) Comments | Posted October 7, 2013 | 10:59 AM

As the Affordable Care Act (ACA) takes effect this month, it might be helpful for people to know how its prototype in Massachusetts is working, after nearly seven years.

Virtually every resident in the Commonwealth is insured. More private companies offer insurance to their employees than ever before. Over 90...

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A Step Closer to Equality

(152) Comments | Posted July 23, 2011 | 10:13 AM

Tomorrow, New York will join Massachusetts as one of six states that recognize same-sex couples' right to marry, and our country comes a step closer to ensuring that every person is free to marry whomever they love. When Massachusetts became the first state to affirm marriage equality in 2004, opponents...

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Wisconsin and Massachusetts Urge Federal Action on Health Care

(75) Comments | Posted July 27, 2009 | 12:22 PM

Our country faces the best opportunity in decades to provide affordable, quality health care for all our citizens and contain spiraling costs. Our states serve as models for national reform. Building on some of the lessons we have learned, we need federal action now.

Massachusetts and Wisconsin have been innovation...

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Obama's Challenge to American Voters

(593) Comments | Posted March 18, 2008 | 7:36 PM

I watched a candidate I already knew was exceptional become a statesman today.

In his speech on America's racial divide, Barack Obama was honest, direct, personal and strong without being strident. He told unvarnished and complex truths about his own life in black and white communities he has known...

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