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Patrick Byrne, Candidate for State Senator, Senate District 31
Patrick Sean Byrne is a 28 year old budget and policy analyst at the Colorado Department of Transportation. He enjoys being the main fiscal liaison between CDOT and the Governor’s Office, the Legislative Council staff, and the Joint Budget Committee staff. Patrick was born in Washington, D.C., where his father worked as an economist for the International Monetary Fund and his mother was an educator. He is a product of the Washington, D.C. public schools and is a dual citizen of the United States and the United Kingdom.
In the fall of 1999, Patrick was one of the many east coast kids who migrated to CU-Boulder to be near good skiing and to receive a world-class education. Patrick graduated summa cum laude, with distinction in Economics in the fall of 2002 and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa in his junior year. He earned a Master’s Degree in Economics from Boston University in January 2005.
Patrick is intensely interested in municipal government and how to make it more efficient, transparent, and responsive to the people. In April 2005, Patrick took a position as a budget analyst for the City & County of Denver, where he forecasted $500 million of tax revenue and developed financial models to estimate the fiscal impacts of tax increment financing (TIF), which strengthened the City & County’s bargaining position on several TIF deals and saved taxpayers millions of dollars.
From February 2007 to October 2008, Patrick worked in Governor Ritter’s Office of State Planning & Budgeting as an economist. His duties included forecasting tax revenue, analyzing legislation, estimating the fiscal impacts of ballot measures, speechwriting, developing the state’s budgets for capital construction and for the Departments of Transportation and Regulatory Agencies, coordinating a year-long project to develop legislation authorizing the construction of a new Colorado History Museum and the Ralph L. Carr Justice Complex, and helping to organize the still-undefeated Governor’s Office kickball team.
Patrick is a TABOR and tax policy expert who is principally interested in finding practical solutions to the many fiscal challenges that impact Colorado. Although primarily focused on budget issues, Patrick will be an informed, passionate, reliable, and progressive Democratic Senate vote on the issues that impact everyone in the state, including but not limited to:
- Collaborating with teachers, parents, and students to bring world-class public K-12 education to Colorado
- Preserving access to affordable, high-quality higher education for all Coloradans
- Laying the groundwork for universal access to healthcare for all Coloradans
- Supporting Governor Ritter’s timely and essential anti-recidivism programs
- Ensuring that we leave Colorado’s environment in better shape than we found it
- Affording the GLBT community the same rights and opportunities as everyone else
- Simplifying labor laws and preserving workers’ rights to organize and bargain collectively
- Strengthening consumer protections to make personal financial decisions simpler and more transparent
In his free time, Patrick enjoys playing soccer at three facilities across Adams County, skiing the bumps at Mary Jane Mountain, working out at the Downtown Denver YMCA, and training to compete for a spot on the elite CDOT softball team.
Don’t hesitate to contact Patrick with any questions or concerns.
Cell Phone: (720) 937-3999
Facebook: Patrick Sean Byrne