Patrick Svitek | The Texas Tribune

Patrick Svitek | The Texas Tribune

Patrick Svitek is the primary political correspondent for The Texas Tribune. Patrick logged countless miles on the 2016 campaign trail, covering the many Texas angles of the momentous presidential race. He previously worked for the Houston Chronicle's Austin bureau. He graduated in 2014 from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. He is originally from Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Paxton didn’t trust law enforcement after securities fraud indictment, whistleblower testifies

By: - September 11, 2023

The historic impeachment trial of suspended Attorney General Ken Paxton is underway in the Texas Senate. He faces 16 articles of impeachment that accuse him of misusing the powers of the attorney general’s office to help his friend and donor Nate Paul, an Austin real estate investor who was under federal investigation. Paxton pleaded not guilty to all impeachment articles on the trial’s first […]

Paxton lawyers seek to disqualify 3 Democratic senators as impeachment jurors

By: - July 21, 2023

Lawyers for suspended Attorney General Ken Paxton are pushing to disqualify three Democratic state senators as jurors in his upcoming impeachment trial. Paxton’s lawyers filed a motion Friday that asks Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick to disqualify Sens. Nathan Johnson of Dallas, Roland Gutierrez of San Antonio and José Menéndez of San Antonio, arguing they have a proven bias against Paxton. “Like numerous courts around the country, the […]

Ken Paxton, impeached and suspended from office, raised $1.7 million in less than 2 weeks

By: - July 17, 2023

Suspended Attorney General Ken Paxton of Texas announced Monday he raised $1.7 million in 12 days in his first chance to collect campaign donations after his impeachment in May. Paxton’s team hailed the fundraising as a triumph in spite of the House impeachment, saying it came from 2,343 donors and marked a “personal post-session fundraising record.” […]

Gov. Greg Abbott taps longtime aide Angela Colmenero as interim attorney general

By: - July 10, 2023

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced Monday that a longtime aide, Angela Colmenero, will serve as the second interim attorney general following Ken Paxton’s impeachment. After the House voted to impeach Paxton in May, he was immediately suspended from office, and Abbott later picked John Scott, the former Texas secretary of state, to be interim attorney general. But […]

Ron DeSantis plans 3-day fundraising swing through Texas next week

By: - May 30, 2023

Some of Texas’ biggest Republican donors are getting behind Ron DeSantis as he plans his first fundraising trip to Texas as a presidential candidate. The Florida governor is set to visit Texas from June 7-9 for a six-city fundraising tour, according to a schedule obtained by The Texas Tribune. He will be in Midland on […]