Daniel Patterson's Bio

Daniel R. Patterson was born into a working family in Lansing, Michigan in 1971. His Mom was a teacher and his Dad an auto service small businessman. Daniel attended public schools, worked on cars with his Dad, hunted and fished, and graduated from Michigan State University in 1994.

Daniel moved to Tucson, Arizona in 1994, where he started his family and launched his professional career in public lands, natural resources, and public service. In 2008, he was elected to the Arizona Legislature. Patterson had a strong public-interest voting record at the Capitol. In 2012, he faced false allegations late in his second term, learned lessons and chose to resign. Patterson was exonerated in court four months later.

After 20 years of working in industry, government, unions and non-profit organizations, Patterson moved to Boulder City, Nevada in 2014 and was hired by the US Department of the Interior-Bureau of Land Management as an Environmental Protection Specialist and Wildlands Firefighter, based in Tonopah, Nevada. He worked across 6.1 million acres of mountain and desert public lands in Nye and Esmeralda Counties.

In 2020, Daniel won a federal whistleblower action against the Trump administration for violations of labor and conservation laws, and entered semi-retirement. He still works part-time as a Wildlands Firefighter/PIO. During his career of public service, Daniel learned how to approach tough issues, work hard and find common ground to solve problems.

As an Independent, Daniel Patterson will work with all for a stronger economy, secure water, smarter education, and a healthier environment. Daniel lives in Boulder City, Nevada with his wife and daughter.