Deval Patrick was born on July 31, 1956, in Chicago, Illinois. He was reelected in 2010. His dad left the family when Patrick was a kid, leaving his mom and grandmother to raise him and his sister in desperate fiscal straits. Patrick was an outstanding pupil and earned a scholarship to attend the prep school Milton Academy in Massachusetts.
He married Diane Bemus two years afterwards, as well as the couple would continue to have two daughters. Deval Patrick earned a national judge clerkship in California and then worked for the NAACP’s Legal Defense and Education Fund starting in 1983. He afterwards took on a post as associate in the business Hill and Barlow.
Though leaving his place in 1997 and reentering the private sector, doing general counsel work for Texaco and Coca Cola, Patrick returned to the political landscape using a 2005 statement of his play for Massachusetts’s governorship on the Democratic ticket. He won with a landslide, breaking a Republican run of power that had continued for four periods. He became Massachusetts’ first African American governor and just the second in America. Patrick’s first period had some problems, along with his government facing criticism over staffing and improper private spending. And Patrick’s wife fought with major depression, which she afterwards spoke freely around.
He also manage the healthcare reforms pioneered by gubernatorial forerunner Mitt Romney and supported Barack Obama in his bid for the U.S. presidency. Patrick was reelected in 2010. The next year he released the memoir Reasons to Believe: Lessons From an Improbable Life, and in 2012 set forth the brief ebook Religion in the Dream: A Call to the Country to Recover American Values.
Patrick has continued to speak of his origins as well as the need for affirmative action plans and civil rights work. He’s been thrust into the national limelight as a result of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, and continues to be called out for his encouraging and resolute tone. He’s declared he is not going to run for the governorship in 2014, with plans to go back to private sector work.