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Deval Patrick

Former governor of Massachusetts

  • Suspended campaign in February 2020
  • Governor of Massachusetts, 2007-2015; second elected African-American governor in US history after former Virginia Gov. Doug Wilder
  • born July 31, 1956, Chicago
  • graduated Harvard Law School 1982
  • managing director at Bain Capital, 2015-2019

Deval Patrick on impeachment:

“I think what the work in civil rights has in common around what has been happening in the House with impeachment has at the core of both, the rule of law.” Source:

Slogan: Deval for All



Deval Patrick's view on

Health care

Patrick says he does not agree with Medicare for all “in the terms we’ve been talking about” but does support a public option available under the Affordable Care Act.*

“I think that if we want solutions that last, they can’t be solutions that feel to the voting public as if they are just Democratic solutions,” Patrick said.**

As governor, he signed legislation linking health-care costs to the rate of growth of Massachusett’s economy.

Patrick supports abortion rights.

Deval Patrick's view on


As governor in 2014, Deval Patrick signed a bill giving police chiefs the power to block certain individuals from purchasing a firearms license, and he closed the gun-show loophole, which exempts private sales from federal background check requirements.*

He supports a ban on assault weapons.

Deval Patrick's view on

Climate change/environment

As governor, he said Massachusetts is vulnerable to rising sea levels and humans contribute to a changing climate.*

In 2014, Gov. Deval Patrick said Massachusetts should end its reliance on coal in four years and called for “a future free of fossil fuels.”**

He also signed legislation promoting biofuels, subsidizing the creation of green jobs and setting limits on greenhouse gas emissions.***

From 1999-2001, Patrick worked as general counsel at Texaco.

*”Sea level rises of 1 to 6 feet would put thousands of lives at risk in Boston alone. The question is not whether we need to act, we are passed that. [The] climate is changing, and human activity is contributing to that change.”




Deval Patrick's view on

Immigration/child-parent separation, detention and border wall

Gov. Patrick offered to provide support and shelter in 2014 to unaccompanied minors crossing the border into the U.S.

As governor, undocumented immigrants were allowed to qualify for in-state tuition.

While Patrick was governor, Massachusetts police also were not allowed to honor ICE requests to detain undocumented immigrants nor ask people about their immigration status unless it was part of a criminal investigation.*

Deval Patrick's view on

Economy/minimum wage/income inequality

As Massachusetts governor, he has focused on economic development and innovation.

Patrick doesn’t support a tax on wealthiest Americans, which fellow 2020 candidates Sanders and Warren endorse.*

Gov. Patrick in 2014 signed a bill raising the state’s minimum wage from $8 an hour to $11 by 2017.

In 2009, Patrick’s first year as governor, he raised the sales tax rate 25%, from 5.0% to 6.25%.**

“What I feel we often describe as income inequality is a shorthand for economic mobility,” he told a Washington think tank.***

Deval Patrick's view on

Education/student debt/free tuition

Gov. Patrick proposed in 2007 that all community colleges in Massachusetts be free to all students.*

The governor also called for universal prekindergarten, full-day kindergarten and extending the school day and the school year two years beyond high school to include vocational training or college. *

Deval Patrick's view on

Foreign policy

As of the day announcing his presidential campaign bid (11/14), Deval Patrick has not released publicly his positions on foreign policy.

Deval Patrick's view on


As of the day announcing his presidential campaign bid (11/14), Deval Patrick has not released publicly his positions on US military policy.

Deval Patrick's view on


Massachusetts voters legalized medical marijuana on Nov. 6, 2012. Despite pleas by potential patients, Gov. Patrick’s administration was unable to complete the licensing process. The first medical marijuana dispensary did not open until June 2015, after the governor left office.*