A Lifelong Resident
A lifelong resident of Daytona Beach, Patrick Henry is a former member of the Florida House of Representatives, where he proudly represented District 26 which encompasses the cities of Daytona Beach, DeLand, Holly Hill, South Daytona, Orange City, Lake Helen and parts of Ormond Beach and Port Orange. Prior to being elected to the Legislature, Patrick served on the Daytona Beach City Commission from 2010-2016.
While serving in the Legislature, Patrick helped secure almost $500 million in appropriation funding for projects in Volusia County. He also worked in a bi-partisan effort to pass legislation replacing the statue of a Confederate General with Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, an honor which made her the first African American to be chosen as one of two statues to represent a state in the United States Capitol.
Patrick is running to return to Tallahassee to continue advocating for the people of District 26. He believes in providing a quality education for our children, supporting economic development to create more livable wage jobs, and expanding access to affordable health care.
Patrick is a graduate of Bethune-Cookman University where he received a degree in Sociology.
Doing the Work
During his time in the Florida House in 2017 and 2018, Rep. Henry worked on a range of legislation:
- A successful bill to make Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune the first African American to have a statue representing a state in the United States Capitol. Her statue will replace that of a Confederate General.
- Successful legislation recognizing the third Saturday in December as “Harriette V. & Harry T. Moore Day” in the state of Florida, to honor the Civil Rights activists who died after a bomb ripped through their home on Christmas Day, 1951.
- Passed an appropriation bill that allocates $1 million to the city of DeLand for the expansion of the Northwest Industrial Business Park access road near the airport.
- Passed an appropriation bill that allocated $500,000 for septic to sewer conversion.
- Co-sponsored the “Helen Gordon Davis Fair Pay Protection Act,” a bill which would support women in the workplace by guaranteeing equal pay for equal work.
- Proposal to implement text-to-911 technologies throughout the state.
- Co-sponsored legislation that allocated $2 million to widen Williamson Blvd in an effort to ease congestion on the road due to expanded development and growth.
- Sponsored an appropriation bill that allocated funds to Embry-Riddle University for their Flight Research Center.
- Supported the expansion of trade and vocational opportunities by co-sponsoring an appropriation to fund the 3D Manufacturing job training program at Daytona State.
Patrick Henry also:
- Fought to increase per student funding for Volusia County Schools, accounting for an increase in more than $5 million for our local schools.
- Voted to increase environmental funding by $100 million.
- Supported public education and voted against two disastrous omnibus education bills that sought to undermine public education.
- Supported over a quarter billion dollars in appropriations and funding for Volusia County in the last two years.
- Supported our youth with special needs and co-sponsored appropriation request for the Easter Seals Autism Center of Excellence in Volusia and Flagler counties.
In the Florida Legislature, Henry served on the following committees and subcommittees:
- Government Accountability Committee
- Agriculture & Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee
- Agriculture & Property Rights Subcommittee
- Health Innovation Subcommittee
- Oversight, Transparency & Administration Subcommittee
Protecting Florida’s Future
In 2018, Patrick Henry lost his re-election by 61 votes out of a total of over 61,000 votes cast. He is currently running to return to the Legislature and serve as Representative for House District 26.
It’s important to get out and vote, but it’s also important to vote safely. You can skip the line entirely when you register to Vote by Mail or vote early at one of Volusia County’s Early Voting centers. No matter how you vote this year, stay up to date on COVID-19 guidelines to keep you and your loved ones safe.