State Senator Dan Patrick, a Republican from Houston, announced today that he will run for lieutenant governor. He says that Texas needs “authentic conservative” leadership. Patrick served this past session as chairman of the Senate Education Committee. Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, also a Republican, has already announced his re-election plans. Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson and Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples have also announced their plans to run in the GOP field. You can view Patrick’s video announcement below.