Who Is Deval Patrick? Meet the Latest Democratic Governor Running For the 2020 Presidential Bid

It’s official: Deval Patrick threw hit hat into the Presidential ring on Nov. 14. The former Massachusettes governer wants to build “a better, more sustainable, more inclusive American Dream.” With such a late entry, the newest candidate has some serious ground to make up. Here’s everything we know about the man up for a 2020 bid.

Deval Patrick is the first Black Governor of Massachusetts

Deval Patrick
Deval Patrick, Former Governor of Massachusetts, speaking at the AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) Policy Conference | Michael Brochstein/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

The native-born Chicagoan is the first in his family to attend college and law school, according to his campaign website. He joined the NAACP Legal Defense Fund as Assistant Attorney General, leading the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and coordinating arson cases that involved southern black churches.

Patrick’s long list of credits includes leading reform at Texaco and Coca-Cola. His 2006 election made history. As the first-ever Black governor of the state, Patrick’s eight-year position led Massachusettes to be the nation’s top-ranked in energy efficiency, health care coverage, and student achievement.

The married Democratic politician of 35 years, to his wife, Diane, was most recently a managing director at Bain Capital, a private equity firm, and CBS News contributor (which he will no longer serve).

His newly-formed Instagram account only has one post announcing his run, and the bio reads “Former Governor of Massachusetts. Current beekeeper, grandfather, and candidate for president.”

Patrick is now the 18th candidate running for the 2020 Presidential bid. In a video released, Patrick said his run is for “people who “feel left out” and want a future. He added it’s “not built by somebody better than you, not built for you but built with you.”

He continued adding, “I admire and respect the candidates in the Democratic field. They bring a richness of ideas and experience and a depth of character that makes me proud to be a Democrat.”

He added, “If the character of the candidates is an issue in every election, this time is about the character of the country.”

These are the policies Patrick is running on

Every candidate has their own list of policies and promises meant to sway either party in their direction. Patrick is no different. His policy runs on three ideas: Opportunity Agenda, Reform Agenda, and Democracy Agenda.

In a nutshell, Opportunity Agenda focuses on “growing the economy out to working (and marginalized) people” by “investing time, ideas and money in education, innovation, and infrastructure.”

He intends to make education a priority. His plan focuses on “pre-K to community college, through workforce development and retraining.”

His priorities are robotics, gaming, cleantech, biotech, and green construction. Also on the list are necessary infrastructures (roads, airports, bridges, etc.) to produce a modernized efficient electric grid.”

His Reform Agenda hits on making health care accessible through high-quality, low-cost services for all. His Democracy Agenda re-directs attention back to issues with voter suppression, gerrymandering, and “dark money” paid by lobbyists in elections

“We must root these out and return power to where it belongs: with the people,” he said.

In a June segment on CBS This Morning, Patrick said it’d be difficult to “break through” the democratic candidates “without being a celebrity or sensationalist.” Nov. 14 his attitude changed.

“You can’t know if you can break through if you don’t get out there and try,” he said.

Last year he said he wouldn’t run for the White House due to ‘the cruelty of our election process’

Last December, Patrick took to Facebook to say he would not run for President. He feared it might affect his wife, who’d been treated for stage 1 uterine cancer.

“The cruelty of our elections process would ultimately splash back on people whom Diane and I love, but who hadn’t signed up for the journey,” he said.

Nearly a year later, the former governor had a change of heart. Patrick said his Democratic competitors are “really talented,” but he isn’t sure any of them can “pull the nation together.”

Whether Deval Patrick has your vote or not, at least you’re informed. That’s what Democracy is all about, right?