Current position: Governor of Massachusetts
Born in Chicago, Patrick came to Massachusetts at age 14. He is a graduate of Milton Academy and Harvard Law School. In 1986, he joined the Boston law firm of Hill & Barlow and was named partner in 1990. In 1994, President Clinton appointed Patrick Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights. He was elected Governor of Massachusetts in November 2006.
In September 2007, Patrick submitted a bill that would allow the construction and operation of three resort-style casinos in Massachusetts, asserting that the casinos would generate revenue for the Commonwealth and create jobs. His plan faced opposition from Salvatore DiMasi, then Speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives. In March 2008, the House rejected the bill by a wide margin.