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Deval Patrick

Deval Patrick is a former Governor of Massachusetts.

Deval Patrick was reelected to a second term as Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in November 2010. First elected in 2006 on a platform of hope and change, Governor Patrick entered office propelled by an unprecedented grassroots campaign. [1]


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.

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.[2]

Support from ACORN

ACORN supported Patrick in his 2006 race for Governor of Massachusetts[3] .

The August members meeting of Boston Democratic Socialists of America will decide our stance on some important upcoming political contests. To help clarify our views on the Governor’s race, we’ve invited progressive supporters of each of the three Democratic candidates and Grace Ross of the Green-Rainbow Party to debate who can best advance our programs and values this election year.

ACORN and SEIU 1199 have been invited to explain their support for Deval Patrick and Tom Reilly respectively...

DSA delegate

One time Democratic Socialists of America member Tim Carpenter, was in 2006, elected as a Massachusetts Democratic Party delegate committed to Deval Patrick[4]

Carpenter connection

Socialist activist Tim Carpenter cut his teeth on campaigns that recognized the connection between transforming politics and transforming the country: as a kid working "behind the Orange Curtain" (in then hyper-conservative Orange County) for George McGovern in 1972 and for the remarkable radical intervention that was Tom Hayden's 1976 US Senate bid. Carpenter was a trusted aide to the Rev. Jesse Jackson's 1988 "Rainbow Coalition" run for the presidency, an inner-circle strategist for Jerry Brown's 1992 presidential run (addressing that year's Democratic National Convention and urging delegates to "Save Our Party" from ideological compromises and corporate influence), a key figure in Dennis Kucinich's antiwar presidential campaign of 2004.

He also worked on plenty of campaigns that lost—as well as winning campaigns such as those of Congresswoman Donna Edwards, D-Maryland, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and, to his immense delight, Senator Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts.[5]

Brian Corr connection


Brian Corr with Deval Patrick.

2006 Transition Team

In late the Deval Patrick/Tim Murray Transition Team consisted of;[6]

Vote for Change

Turning its attention toward the November general elections, Barack Obama’s presidential campaign kicked off a massive 50-state voter registration campaign on May 10, 2008.

Thousands of volunteer activists, including many first-time volunteers, gathered in more than 100 locations across the country to launch the “Vote for Change” campaign. The goals, according to national co-chair Rep. Melissa Bean of Illinois, are to “get millions of new voters registered and engage and motivate millions who are registered but don’t participate. This is about the change we will bring, not what Sen. Obama will bring alone.”

Other national Vote for Change co-chairs include Change to Win Chair Anna Burger, Los Angeles County Federation of Labor President Maria Elena Durazo, the Rev. Joseph Lowery, Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-Calif.), Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and musicians Melissa Etheridge, Dave Matthews and Usher Raymond IV.[7]

Neighbor to Neighbor connection

Deval Patrick with Neighbor to Neigbor to Neigbor members

Neighbor to Neighbor Massachusetts (N2N-MA) members stood alongside Governor Deval Patrick on August 6 2010 as he signed CORI (criminal record) Reform into law. With the passage of this bill, Massachusetts becomes only the second state in the nation to prohibit both public and private employers from asking about a person’s criminal history on an initial job application.

Members of Neighbor to Neighbor have been organizing for CORI Reform since 2006, and "over the past week, doubts had grown about whether the legislation would pass in time for the end of the session on July 31st. The bill was finally approved by the House of Representatives and Senate in the last hours of the session."

Angela Estrada, a Neighbor to Neighbor member from Worcester who has a CORI record said, “This is a huge victory for Neighbor to Neighbor and all of the people that have worked hard for years to make this reform happen. We have made history today by changing this law. We know that when we all unite, we can win.”

Wilnelia Rivera, Campaigns Director of Neighbor to Neighbor spoke at the event, “This victory represents the power of people to make a change on Beacon Hill,” she said. “When people come together and get organized, they can win. This is our goal at Neighbor to Neighbor, and we’ll keep fighting until all residents of the state have access to jobs, housing, health care, and a quality education.”

Rep. Liz Malia, D-Boston, the lead sponsor of the CORI provisions in the House said, “I am incredibly pleased to be witness to this bill signing. CORI reform is going to improve communities throughout Massachusetts. I am very grateful to my colleagues, the Commonwealth CORI Coalition, and Neighbor to Neighbor, for their hard work – we would not be here today without them.”

Neighbor to Neighbor’s unique model of community organizing and grassroots advocacy was recognized by CORI Reform advocates. “Neighbor to Neighbor has played a crucial role over the years in the CORI Reform Campaign, bringing the voices of people directly impacted to the State House, building a diverse coalition, and working with us on legislative strategy,” said Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz, D-Boston. “Their work was critical to making this victory possible.”

Virgenmina Perez, a member of the Holyoke Chapter of Neighbor to Neighbor who’s son has a CORI, said after the event, “It is a blessing that this bill has passed. We know that this is going to impact many people and open doors to work and housing for all communities. It was worth the wait! Yes we can!”

Friday’s signing was held at Freedom House, an organization with a sixty-year history of fighting for social justice for communities of color. It was a fitting location for the culmination of this civil rights battle.[8]

Connections with Radical Islam

Report from Americans for Peace & Tolerance

On May 22 2010, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick embraced the radical leadership of the Muslim American Society (MAS), including Imam Abdullah Faarooq who told followers they must "pick up the gun and the sword" in response to the arrests of local Islamic extremist Aafia Siddiqui and terror suspect Tarek Mehanna. Click here for the full sermon by Imam Faaruuq.

DSA endorsement

In 2010, Deval Patrick, was endorsed by the Boston Democratic Socialists of America.[9]

Friend of Barack Obama

Deval Patrick and Barack Obama are friends. They also share the same campaign strategist in David Axelrod.

Obama for America, National Co-Chair

February 22, 2012, Obama for America, announced the selection of the campaign’s National Co-Chairs, a diverse group of leaders from around the country committed to re-electing President Obama. The co-chairs will serve as ambassadors for the President, advise the campaign on key issues, and help engage and mobilize voters in all 50 states.

Governor Deval Patrick – Governor of Massachusetts , was on the list.[10]

Women's Pipeline for Change connection

Women's Pipeline for Change is a new initiative "designed to support progressive women of color and improve civic participation and equal representation in the political pipeline" will be launched Thursday. Boston City Councilor At-Large Ayanna Pressley will be the keynote speaker. The initiative is a project backed by The Partnership for Democracy and Education. Attendees will announce a new collaboration with UMass Boston's Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy and media will be introduced to five women who will take part in fellowships under the collaboration: Gladys Lebron-Martinez, Holyoke School Committee member; Sheneal Parker, Boston public schools teacher; Martina Cruz, Lawrence School Committee member; Fitchburg Mayor Lisa Wong and Elizabeth Cardona, director of Gov. Deval Patrick's western Massachusetts office in Springfield. Auditor Suzanne Bump plans to deliver remarks as well.[11]

Coalition for Social Justice support

The Coalition for Social Justice and its educational fund, formerly known as the Coalition Against Poverty, has been actively building a powerful and effective grassroots movement in Fall River and New Bedford since 1994 and Brockton since 2003, and a Upper Cape Code electoral section since 2004...

After joining the successful campaign to stop the balanced budget amendment from passing in Congress, and playing a key role in the election of progressive Democrat Jim McGovern for Congress in the 10th District, CSJ turned its attention to working with the Coalition Against Poverty on a “Campaign for Working Families’ Agenda” for Massachusetts. Since CSJ charter enables it to also play a role in elections it has also had a string of successful victories at both the local and state level, including playing a key role in the election and re-election of Governor Deval Patrick. [12]

Supported by Jay Livingstone

According to Eleanor LeCain, writing in the The Yankee Radical, a "true progressive is running for state representative" in Boston/Cambridge — Jay Livingstone — in a special election being held on Tuesday, May 28th, 2013.

Livingstone is an experienced community leader with a proven record of hard work in advancing progressive ideals—let’s help him win by making some phone calls now, and helping on Election Day, May 28th.

A Massachusetts native, Livingstone teaches at Northeastern University and operates his own law practice, standing up against employer discrimination. He has been a key organizer in the campaigns of Rep. Ed Markey, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, and Gov. Deval Patrick. As a "State Rep Jay will work hard for quality, affordable public education; increased funding for at-risk youth, the disabled and the elderly; improved public transportation; and sensible development that works for small businesses and preserves the quality of neighborhood life".

He has been endorsed by Progressive Democrats of Massachusetts and Boston Democratic Socialists of America — among many others.[13]

Bilingual ballot bill

Martin Walsh, Suzanne Lee, Cory Booker

Boston, July 17, 2014, — After years of hearings and persistent pressure by immigrant groups, including many in Boston Chinatown, Gov. Deval Patrick signed the bilingual ballot bill (H. 4089) into law in Boston Chinatown on Tuesday with about 100 people from the community attending this historical ceremony. This law permanently provides for fully bilingual ballots in the City of Boston.

Boston Mayor Martin Walsh, State Senator Anthony Petruccelli, State Representative Aaron Michlewitz, Boston City Council President Bill Linehan, Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley and Boston City Councilor Tito Jackson also attended the ceremony. Suzanne Lee, Henry Yee and many other long time advocates for the bilingual ballot bill were also on hand to celebration the signing by Gov. Patrick.

The bilingual ballot law has been permanently enacted for Boston voters. In the past, a sunset provision required that the law be revisited, but the Boston Home Rule Petition which passed the legislature will not expire, relying on the trigger of 5 percent of a voting population being of the same language group to require bilingual ballots in that precinct or district.

Gov. Deval Patrick’s Asian American Commission/Advisory Council congratulated the Coalition for Asian American Voting Rights who worked so assiduously to get this bill passed into law. This list below, courtesy of CPA, contains names of organizations and individuals of the coalition.

Governor's staff

As at 2011;[15]

Lt. Governor Timothy Murray

Boards and Commissions

Cabinet Affairs

Kate Cook, Director of Cabinet Affairs Elizabeth Hanson, Policy Analyst Cecilia Ugarte Baldwin, Policy Analyst


Constituent Services

Federal Relations

Jewel James, Director, Washington, D.C. Office of the Governor Gabe Maser, Assistant Director, Washington, D.C. Office of the Governor

Governor's Council

Legal Counsel

Community Affairs

Personnel and Administration

Supporting Doug Jones

Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell joined Alabama Senate candidate Doug Jones December 10, 2017 at an historic Selma church as part of a home-stretch push for Tuesday's election.

The Jones campaign made another stop in Montgomery, where U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, D-New Jersey, spoke to a crowd of more than 100 people at Alabama State University.

Booker, appearing with Jones and Sewell, talked about the plight of Alabama's poorest counties and quoted Martin Luther King, Jr.

"When it comes to the long hard march toward justice, nothing is given," Booker said. "King used to say that change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability. It has to be carried in on the backs of good folk. The opposite of justice is not injustice, it is indifference, it is inaction."

In Selma, Jones, Patrick, Sewell and Selma Mayor Darrio Melton appeared outside the Brown Chapel AME Church, where civil rights marchers gathered in 1965 to begin the trek across the Edmund Pettus Bridge on Bloody Sunday.

U.S. Senator Cory Booker, D-New Jersey, was scheduled to appear with Jones that afternoon at Alabama State University.[16]


  1. [, The official website of the Governor of Massachusetts]
  2. [, The official website of the Governor of Massachusetts]
  4. PDA bio, accessed Dec. 30, 2010
  5. The Nation, Tim Carpenter's Politics of Radical Inclusion: In the Streets and in the Polling Booths, John Nichols on April 29, 2014
  6. DEVAL PATRICK / TIM MURRAY TRANSITION TEAM document, accessed Dec. 30, 2010
  7. PW. Vote for Change registration drive kicks off in 50 states, May 17 2008
  8. [ N2N website, Governor Patrick Signs CORI Reform Bill into Law Submitted by corey on Fri, 08/06/2010 - 4:03pm]
  9. TYR Sep. 2010
  11. One Massachusetts, Event: Launch of Women's Pipeline for Change, Submitted by Judy Meredith on Sun, 04/24/2011
  12. Coalition for Social Justice website, history, accessed Dec. 28, 2012
  13. [TYR June 2013, page 3]
  14. Online Journal /Gov. Patrick Signs Bilingual Ballot Bill into Law in Boston Chinatown By David Li, Boston, July 17, 2014
  15., official Deval Patrick website, accessed August 5, 2011]
  16. [1]