Married to Arlington dentist Dr. Ned Patrick since 1965, Dr. Patrick and her husband settled in Arlington in 1973 where their two children attended and graduated from Arlington public schools. They now have six young grandchildren, two boys and four girls.
PhD, Philosophy, Educational Administration, University of North Texas, 1999
MA, Education, University of North Texas, 1969
BA, Elementary Education, Baylor University, 1966.
Professor, Texas Christian University
Clinical Associate Professor, College of Education, University of Texas at Arlington, 1994-2007
Consultant/School Board Trainer, Region Education Service Center IV, 1997-1998
Consultant/Community Liaison, Arlington School District, 1997
Director, Adult Program Services, CPC Millwood Hospital, 1992-93
Director of Education, In-Patient Services and Adolescent Services, Bedford Meadows Hospital, 1989-1992
Teacher, Birdville School District, 1986-1989
Office Business Manager, Ned H. Patrick, Doctor of Dental Surgery, 1984-1986
Teacher, Richardson School District, 1967-1971
Teacher, Waco School District, 1966-1967.
Vice President, Arlington Independent School District Educational Foundation Board, present
Member, Junior League of Arlington, present
Member, Women's Policy Forum of Tarrant County, present
Board of Directors, Arlington Museum of Art
President of the Executive Committee, Center for Professional Development and Technology
Board of Directors, Children's Advocacy Network
Consortium of State Organizations of Texas Teacher Educators
County Co-Chair, March of Dimes
Advisory Board, Texas Center for Educational Research.
Long recognized as one of Arlington’s most dedicated community leaders, Dr. Diane Patrick was elected to the Texas House of Representatives in November of 2006. Representative Patrick’s House District 94 covers most of Arlington in Tarrant County and includes the communities of Dalworthington Gardens and Pantego.
Representative Patrick currently sits on the House Appropriations and Higher Education Committees, and she has successfully passed numerous pieces of legislation during her three terms in office.
In addition to other Interim responsibilities Representative Patrick has served as a member of the Select Committee on Government Accountability and Efficiency. Following the 80th Session, she was the only House member appointed to the 15-member Select Public School Accountability Committee, and she also chaired the Subcommittee on Early Childhood Ed.
Prior to her service in the Texas House of Representatives, Dr. Patrick served as a member of the Arlington ISD Board of Trustees for 11 years, including four years as School Board President, followed by four years of service as an elected Republican on the Texas State Board of Education.
Some of her Post-Legislative Session awards in recognition of her contributions include: Dallas Morning News "Best of Rookie Class," Texas Dental Association "Patient Advocacy Award," Texas Charter School Association "Charter School Advocate," Alliance for Prosperity "Friend of the Taxpayer," and Texas Association of Business (TAB) "Champion of Free Enterprise." Additional awards include Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association (TEPSA) "Tribute to Texas Children," Collaborative for Children "Spirit of Collaboration," and Texas Equity Center "Champion of Children" for her efforts in school finance and funding equity.
Reflecting on the most recent Session (2011), she also received the Christian Life Commission "Horizon Award," Texas Parent Teacher Association "Legislator Honor Roll," Texas Association of Mid-Sized Schools "Golden Apple Award," Texas Hospital Association "Excellence in Public Service," and a 100% rating on the Texas Conservative Coalition Scorecard.