is the primary political correspondent for The Texas Tribune, and editor of
The Blast, the Tribune's subscription-only daily newsletter for political insiders. Patrick logged countless miles on the 2016 campaign trail, covering the many Texas angles of the momentous presidential race. He previously worked for the Houston Chronicle's Austin bureau. He graduated in 2014 from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. He originally is from Fort Wayne, Indiana.
The former congressman and U.S. Senate nominee held the first of three Saturday launch rallies in his hometown of El Paso, and planned gatherings later in the day at Texas Southern University in Houston and at the Texas Capitol in Austin.
President Donald Trump last visited Texas in February, when he went to El Paso to rally support for a border wall. He's expected to be back in the state for fundraisers April 10, according to people familiar with his plans.
O'Rourke raised $6.1 million in his first 24 hours as a presidential candidate, surpassing his 2020 Democratic rivals' totals for the same period. Bernie Sanders raised $5.9 million in his first 24 hours.