Carrin Mauritz Patman
Carrin Mauritz Patman died May 22 2018 at age 86. She was a longtime force in the Democratic Party, including serving on the Democratic National Committee. She was the daughter of a state senator, wife of a state senator and U.S. House member, and daughter-in-law of another U.S. House member.
Perhaps more important, she, in her own right through her own efforts, was a force in Democratic Party politics. That was back when it was even more challenging than it is now for a woman to be a force in any kind of politics.
Her father, Fred Mauritz of Ganado, served in the state Senate. Patman’s obit noted that, as a young girl, she licked stamps and knocked on doors in support of his campaign, an endeavor that set her on a course of political involvement.
She graduated in 1954 from the University of Texas. At Barton Springs in 1953, she met Bill Patman. They married that year, and in 1960, with Carrin as campaign manager, he was elected to the Texas Senate seat that Mauritz had held 20 years earlier. Bill Patman was the son of the late U.S. Rep. Wright Patman. After 20 years in the Texas Senate, Bill Patman served four years in the U.S. House. He died in 2008.
Among the successful political battles Carrin Patman fought were efforts to bring women and minorities into positions of influence and to stop winner-take-all presidential primaries.
Members of the “Killer Bees,” a group of 12 Democrats who hid out in Austin for five days in 1979 to break a Senate quorum, playfully restrain Gene Jones in a secluded West Austin garage apartment the day they went into hiding. Most of the state senators still had on their ties, expecting the quorum break to be short. A few hours later, Jones’ claustrophobia so agitated him he became impossible to live with, and the others let him go. First row, from left: Lloyd Doggett, Carl Parker and Gene Jones. Middle row: Babe Schwartz, Oscar Mauzy, Robert Vale, Ron Clower and Carlos Truan. Back row: Carrin Patman, Gene Kothmann and Bill Patman.
Battleground Texas Advisory Board, 2018;
Board Chair Jenn Brown, Naomi Aberly, Jeremy Bird, former Dallas Mayor and Ambassador Ron Kirk, Congressman Joaquin Castro, community leader Eric D. Johnson, Austin Ligon, Brownsville Mayor Tony Martinez, volunteer leader Jennifer Longoria, labor leader Marvin Ragsdale, Eddy Morales, Amber Mostyn, Carrin Mauritz Patman, Carrin F. Patman, Kirk Rudy, and Lynda Tran.