Growing up in a middle class, Catholic family in small-town Wisconsin, Patrick learned early on the value of hard work, honesty, and compassion. Those values have shaped him into a leading voice for rural Wisconsin and a State Senator known for getting results.
Since the people of Central and Western Wisconsin elected Patrick in 2016, he’s been a tireless advocate for the region and its people. Since 2019, he’s chaired the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services. Prior to that, he chaired the Committee on Workforce Development, Military Affairs, and Senior Issues. In his role as chair of these committees he’s introduced and worked to pass dozens of bills to improve access to quality health care, strengthen our workforce, and support our veterans. Every bill Patrick has passed has done so with support from both sides of the aisle.
Patrick knows that our communities are great places to live, work, and raise a family. That’s why he spends one day each month working “On the Job” with a variety of local employers. By doing this, he highlights the breadth and depth of jobs in the 24th Senate District, and demonstrates the opportunities that are available locally.
Patrick understands that in order to keep Wisconsin moving forward we need to make sure we keep taxes low and ensure government doesn’t spend more than it takes in. As your Senator, Patrick works hard to listen to all the people of the 24th – that’s why he’s held 74 listening sessions since taking office. He’s kept his commitment to go to bat for you in Madison, and never runs away from a challenge or a tough vote. He is a Senator you can count on to put your needs first.
Hardworking Family Man
Patrick was raised in the small town of Marinette, Wisconsin. He started working before he could drive, busing tables at a family restaurant for minimum wage. After graduating from high school, Patrick chose to make Stevens Point home when he enrolled at UWSP. Despite the busy schedule he kept while on campus, Patrick spent each of his summer, winter, and spring breaks back in Marinette working to help fund his education.
Following family tradition, he took a job at Silvan Industries, a carbon steel and industrial grade stainless steel pressure vessel fabricator. He worked overnight on the weekend shift chipping slag off of welds and cleaning tank interiors in the same factory his grandfather retired from. He gave back to his community by volunteering as a coach for the football team in nearby Crivitz.
He also worked for Aacer Flooring LLC, a hardwood flooring manufacturer, stacking lumber and prepping it for the kilns. Patrick even spent a summer working two jobs – groundskeeper and maintenance man for the School District of Marinette by day and package handler loading trucks for UPS by night.
When back at school, Patrick found time during his busy course load to lead and participate in a number of student organizations, including the Student Government Association, a role that earned him awards for leadership. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science.
Shortly after graduating, Patrick met Hannah – the woman who would become his wife. In 2015, they got engaged, and they married in 2017. Hannah works as the Director of Advancement for Pacelli Catholic Schools in Stevens Point and owns a freelance writing side business, Wife + Hound Creative. They live in the Town of Hull with their dog Reilly, a rescue puppy that they adopted from an animal shelter. They enjoy taking her to the dog park and on walks, especially on the Green Circle Trail running through Portage County. Recently, Patrick and Hannah trained Reilly to be a therapy dog and are working with a national organization, Love on a Leash, to become certified therapy teams, and take Reilly on the road to various community organizations like the university, schools, and nursing homes to interact with people from all walks of life.
Patrick takes pride in his strength training, and is a member of Adventure 212 Fitness where he can be seen frequently. He is an avid hunter, history buff, and big Wisconsin Badger football fan. On occasion, he enjoys grabbing a cold brew from one of the many breweries in 24th District.
Patrick is a member of the Stevens Point Elks Lodge 641 and Ignite Young Professionals, an affiliate network of the Portage County Business Council. He has held management and leadership roles in politics for national and local office, and is the former Chairman of the Republican Party of Portage County.
Meanwhile, Patrick has built a successful career in sales and understands the overwhelming demands on businesses of all sizes. He maintains a part-time role as a sales representative for a local wine distributor. As a sales professional, Patrick works closely with small business owners all too familiar with complicated bureaucracy and regulations.
A Vision for the Future
Patrick loves Wisconsin and believes we have a bright future. He believes that everyone deserves an equal opportunity, and is committed to ensuring that people in Central and Western Wisconsin get the chance to pursue their version of the American Dream.
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