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Deval Patrick

Democrat

• Age at Inauguration: 64
• Experience: Governor of Massachusetts (2007-2015)
• Education: Harvard University (BA, JD)
• Interesting Fact: Patrick joined Bain Capital after serving as governor, where he launched an impact investing fund

Key Platform Points

• Focus on education, innovation, infrastructure, and economic development

Economy and Taxes

• Invest in infrastructure such as roads, rails, bridges, airports, train stations, broadband and a modernized efficient electric grid
• Also invest in school buildings and parks, laboratories and libraries
• Supports raising taxes on wealthy individuals, but not a wealth tax
• Will propose a "much simpler" tax system as president

Corporations

• Will accept corporate PAC donations for his campaign

Criminal Justice and Drugs

• End the War on Drugs
• Signed criminal justice reform legislation expanding both re-entry programs for formerly incarcerated people and drug treatment as an alternative to incarceration

Education

• Supports creating universal pre-K
• Proposed doubling the number of charter schools in Massachusetts
• Proposed making community college free in the state
• Supports investing in workforce development and retraining
• Believes education is the single best investment the public can make in its own collective future
• Praised for instituting reforms aimed at closing the achievement gap between students of different socioeconomic backgrounds
• As governor, allowed undocumented immigrants in Massachusetts qualify for in-state tuition

Environment

• Has advocated for a multi-pronged approach for tackling climate change
• Believes we should end our reliance on conventional coal generation
• Supports progressing wind energy efficiency and solar power projects

Foreign Policy

• Unkown

Government Reform

• End gerrymandering and voter suppression
• Decries "the explosion of dark money into elections" and "the influence of paid lobbyists"

Gun Control

• Supports universal background checks
• Ban military-style assault weapons
• Close the "gun show" loophole

Health Care

• Wants to create a health care system that provides access to high-quality, low-cost health services everywhere, but has not laid out a specific plan
• Has called Medicare for All a "terrific idea," but "alongside various of the private options that are available" under the Affordable Care Act
• Signed legislation in Massachusetts linking cost increases in health care to the rate of growth of the state's economy
• Signed into law a requirement for insurers to provide up to 14 days of inpatient care for people with opioid addictions

Immigration

• Believes there is a "humanitarian crisis" at the border
• Advocates for creating an immigration system that provides for both border integrity and human dignity
• Supports offering more support and shelter for migrant children

LGBTQ+ Rights

• Supports same-sex marriage
• Led the charge to defeat a 2007 constitutional amendment that would have defined marriage as between a man and a woman

National Security & Veterans Affairs

• Supports same-sex marriage
• Led the charge to defeat a 2007 constitutional amendment that would have defined marriage as between a man and a woman

Social Security & Welfare

• Unknown

Women's Rights

• Pro-choice stance
• Signed a law allowing police to order anti-abortion protesters to be removed from entrances to clinics if they were blocking access to the building

Children

• Economic:
• Patrick has not released any economic policies with respect to children
• Health:
• Supports achieving low-cost, universal health care and keeping private insurance
• Education:
• Supports creating universal pre-K
• Proposed making community college free in Massachusetts
• Supports investing in workforce development and retraining
• Believes education is the single best investment the public can make in its own collective future
• Child Welfare:
• Has criticized the current treatment of migrant children and supports offering more support and shelter for them
• Other:
• See Patrick's Environment and Gun Control stances for more related to children's policy