Patrick was raised in Eastport and attended Shead High School, graduating in 2000. He was a member of many student organizations including the National Honor Society. His father was a merchant mariner and tugboat captain, and his mother was a longshoreman and medical transcriptionist. He followed in his father’s footsteps and attended Massachusetts Maritime Academy, where he was active in student government eventually becoming President of the Student Government, and graduating with a B.S. in Marine Engineering in 2004.
In the years since his graduation from MMA, Patrick was fortunate enough to travel a large part of the United States and the world while working as a merchant mariner and marine engineer. He is a member of the Marine Engineer’s Beneficial Association (MEBA) and is currently employed as the First Engineer on the world’s only American-flagged cruise ship, the Pride of America operated by Norwegian Cruise Lines.
In February 2010, Patrick wanted to “come home” and moved back to Maine, settling in Portland. Growing up in a working family on the coast, he learned at an early age the value of hard work, determination, and personal responsibility. As a merchant mariner, Patrick is aware of the issues that face working families in Maine, particularly those whose livelihoods depend on the sea, whether they be fisherman, lobsterman, shipyard workers, other skilled labor, or merchant mariners like him.
Patrick feels that Congress has lost its way and is filled more with people who are concerned with winning re-election, than with people like you and him who work for a living and are concerned with the issues that affect average Americans every day. He wants to take back Congress, and Maine’s First District, decent, honest people who want America to return to the fundamentals that made it great in the first place: hard work, integrity, innovation, and determination.