Party: Democratic

Incumbent: Yes

Headquarters: 56 Roland St., Boston, MA 02129
Phone: (617) 367-2010

Age: 54

Occupation: Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Family: Wife Diane Patrick; children Sarah Patrick and Katherine Patrick.

Town: Milton

Education: Harvard College, Harvard Law School.

Experience: I spent most of my career as a lawyer and executive in the private sector before becoming an official in the Justice Department.
I was elected governor in 2006 on a platform of change. In this role, as in others, I have done what I said I would do.
Despite a recession, we invested in education, health care, and job creation.
Thanks to these investments, we're first in the nation in student achievement and health care coverage for our residents, and third in job creation.
We've emphasized job creation in innovation industries like the life sciences, and we've capped health insurance premiums for small businesses and working families.
Our economy is growing at twice the nation's growth rate, and we're climbing out of recession faster than the rest of the country.
We've delivered on reforms like pension reform that previous administrations only talked about.
We've achieved these results while cutting billions from spending and reducing the state head count.

— Submitted by the candidate

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Why are you running?

"I am running for re-election to finish what we started.

We've made historic investments in education and have new tools and resources to close the achievement gap, but we still have an achievement gap to close.

97.5% of our residents have health insurance, more than any other state, but it is still too expensive and we have to cut costs system-wide.

We are emerging from the recession faster than other states, and are third in the nation in job creation, but too many people are still out of work, so we need this pace of job creation to continue.

We are making strong progress. I want to finish what we started.

The other candidates are good and decent people, but they have very different values and deep connections with the very insiders who have controlled Beacon Hill for decades.

Four years ago, we ran to change the guard. Now, we are running to guard the change.

I believe that it is up to each of us to leave this Commonwealth better than we found it - and that government has a role to play in helping people help themselves."

— Submitted by the candidate



For Patrick, optimism prevails

Governor Deval Patrick
Despite the challenges he’s faced, Governor Deval Patrick is sure that if he gets the message out about his — and the state’s — successes he will win on Nov. 2. (By Eric Moskowitz, Globe Staff)
2006 Deval Patrick profiles

What has fueled Deval Patrick's success, according to people from every stage of his life, is his ability to float comfortably among many different worlds. (By Scott Helman, 5/24/06)

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Campaign 2010 | GOVERNOR’S RACE

With a furious finish, candidates reach for every last vote

SWAMPSCOTT — The two front-runners in the race for governor, Democrat Deval Patrick and Republican Charles D. Baker, brought their fierce, months-long battle to a close last night, ending their campaigns in the warm embrace of their respective hometowns. (Globe Staff, 11/1/10)
The Governor’s race

Candidates offer their top 5 for the first 365

Charles D. Baker Republican 1. File tax reform package that would return both the sales tax and income tax to 5 percent and repeal the alcohol tax. (Boston Globe, 10/31/10)
The Governor’s race

Candidates try to scare up last few votes

Fred and Ben Simpson will not vote tomorrow, but when they showed up at Governor Deval Patrick’s house last night dressed as Harry Potter and a robot, they still got the full charm treatment: a handshake, a smile, and most importantly, a handful of Skittles, Snickers, and Twix. (Globe Staff, 10/31/10)

Gubernatorial candidates offer ideas for economy

In an election defined by a dour economy, Massachusetts voters face a stark choice in the race for governor, with the four candidates advocating widely divergent strategies for creating jobs, cutting runaway health care costs, and changing the way the state produces energy. (Globe Staff, 10/30/10)
Political Circuit

After bowing out of race, Loscocco holding on to money — just in case

More than a few people were cranky with Paul Loscocco when he left Timothy P. Cahill at the altar. The terms “turncoat’’ and “traitor’’ got bandied about with unusual frequency. (Globe Staff, 10/30/10)
Campaign 2010

In flip from ’06, parties spending more than candidates

Four years ago, the candidates for governor spent a ton of money while the political parties played supporting roles. In this year’s contest, it’s the opposite: Candidates are spending less, and the parties have stepped in to fund much of the campaign. (Globe Staff, 10/30/10)
Campaign 2010 | The race for governor

Confidence, anxiety mark final days in governor’s campaign

WORCESTER — Laura Lemay and Lucille Sidley are both unemployed. Both believe the winner of Tuesday’s election for governor must make jobs a top priority. But they split over who ought to get the chance. (Globe Staff, 10/30/10)

Baker, Patrick duel on welfare

With a flurry of new polls suggesting a close race for governor, Republican challenger Charles D. Baker attacked Governor Deval Patrick over the state’s welfare program yesterday, trying to blame him for a long-established system that gives some recipients access to cash for unrestricted purchases. (Globe Staff, 10/29/10)

Patrick, Baker focus on vote-rich cities and towns

Between riveting battles over municipal health care and regulatory policy, the front-runners in the governor’s race had another score to settle recently: Does Charles D. Baker really have a campaign office at 555 South Canal St. in Holyoke? (Globe Staff, 10/28/10)

Amid give and take, no rekindling of 2006 spirit

Five days before voters head to the polls, Governor Deval Patrick made his way to the tiny hill town of Heath, a Western Massachusetts community with just 800 residents who rewarded him mightily for his campaign’s attention four years ago. So grateful were they after the virtual unknown showed up to campaign there that all but six voters supported him ... (Globe Staff, 10/28/10)

Business people giving millions in governor’s race

Governor Deval Patrick raised more than $26,000 from Liberty Mutual executives over the past year. In March, Liberty Mutual won $22.5 million in state tax credits for its new office tower in Boston. (Globe Staff, 10/27/10)

Campaign trackers keep eye out for rivals’ miscues

They are spies in the open, agents in the enemy camp, unsung workers of political campaigns who have the ability to take down a candidacy with the touch of a record button. (Globe Staff, 10/27/10)

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