SENATOR PATRICK MOVES TO MAKE TEXAS RELEVANT IN PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION
AUSTIN – Today Senator Dan Patrick filed Senate Bill 452 that moves the primary date to the first Tuesday in February of even numbered years. The intent of the bill is to allow the people of Texas, in all parties, to have a stronger voice in the presidential election.
“I’m tired of other states, mostly smaller, picking the nominees for President,” said Patrick. “Texas is the leading economic engine in the nation, has the second largest and fastest growing population in the country, and we reflect the broad spectrum of demographics in America,” added Patrick.
“For far too long the race for President has been all but decided by the time Texans get a chance to cast their ballot,” said Patrick. “SB 452 will ensure that Texas will now be a leading voice in determining who will lead our country,” said Patrick.
If SB 452 passes, the filing deadline would move to the second week of November beginning with the 2014 elections. “I believe the people of Texas regardless of party affiliation will be in strong support of this legislation,” stated Senator Patrick.