“Judge Ryan Patrick is a young Republican who voters should keep in black robes.”

-Houston Chronicle 9/25/12


Ryan was raised in West Houston, and graduated from Katy-Taylor High School. He attended Baylor University, where he served as Vice President of the Student Body during his junior year and graduated with honors in 2001.  In 2006, Ryan graduated from South Texas College of Law and went to work for the Harris County District Attorney.  On August 24, 2012, Governor Perry appointed Ryan to the 177th District Court, and on November 6th, Ryan was elected to a full four year term.  Currently, Ryan is the youngest District Court judge in the State of Texas.

Ryan inherited the second worst backlogged docket in the courthouse.  He has reduced pending trials by more than 35% and the over all docket by 15%.  Since October 2013, when a new docket management pilot program was launched, Ryan has run the most efficient court by almost every statistical measurement.

After graduating from Baylor, and before attending law school, Ryan worked for the mayoral campaign of Orlando Sanchez in 2001, Kyle Janek’s Texas Senate campaign in 2002 and then worked for the Harris County Republican Party serving as the Political Director until 2004.  In law school, Ryan was nationally recognized as a top mock trial advocate, won awards regionally and nationally, and was inducted into the prestigious Order of Barristers.  During law school he could be heard filling in on KSEV for his dad, Lt. Governor Dan Patrick.

In 2006, Ryan was sworn in as Assistant District Attorney.  Ryan served in the Justice Courts, Juvenile Courts, as a Chief in the Misdemeanor Division, and in numerous felony District Courts.  In 2008, Ryan was promoted to the Special Prosecutions Bureau.  There, Ryan exclusively investigated and prosecuted drunk driving fatalities in Harris County. Ryan has been recognized by Mothers Against Drunk Driving three times for his success in this field.  Ryan finished his career with the District Attorney assigned to the Major Offenders Division, where he handled narcotics trafficking and money laundering prosecutions and directed the multi-agency prosecutions of Houston area “pill mills” and “doctor shopping.”  In addition, Ryan worked with the S.T.A.R. drug court.  Success Through Addiction Recovery court is an intense and specialized probation which can provide a place to live, inpatient and outpatient substance abuse treatment, job skills and social support from numerous public and private agencies.  This summer, Ryan was appointed as Chairman of the JIMS Executive Committee.  The JIMS committee is charged with overseeing the $200+ million dollar transition of Harris County’s 1970’s era justice technology to current standards as well as the local implementation of statewide court e-filing.

As a prosecutor, Ryan handled thousands of cases, and tried over 50 jury trials, including many high profile drunk driving fatalities. In 2011, Ryan secured a life sentence on a 1985 cold case murder.

Ryan is married to Kellie, an Aggie and former elementary school teacher, who now stays at home with their five year old son Zachary and one and half year old daughter McKinley.  Ryan has his private pilot’s license and is a SCUBA diver.  Ryan is a member of The College of the State Bar of Texas, Houston Bar Association, Galveston Bar Association, Christian Legal Society, American Judges Association, and Houston Young Lawyers Association.  The Patricks are active members at Houston’s First Baptist Church, where Ryan teaches a Sunday Bible study.

Whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.

1 Cor 10:31

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