Growing up the third of six children in a blue-collar, working class family—his father a union worker and his mother a part-time secretary at the family’s parish church—Pat was taught the values of hard work and self-reliance. His dedication and discipline as a student earned him entry to Harvard University; his perseverance and part-time jobs allowed him to earn his degree.
Upon graduating from Harvard, Pat spent six years working in the international capital markets. He helped businesses expand and create new jobs by lowering borrowing costs and managing exposure to changing interest and currency exchange rates.
When Pat left the financial sector in 1990, he and his brothers started a successful, family-owned restaurant business with several Pennsylvania locations.
In 1997, after nearly 10 years as a small business owner, Pat grew weary of the huge tax burdens imposed on Pennsylvania's small businesses. So he acted. Pat ran and won a seat representing Pennsylvania's 15th Congressional District in Washington for three consecutive terms.
In office, Pat was one of Congress's leading advocates for limited government and personal freedom. He led efforts to expand tax cuts and reduce wasteful spending. And because of his exemplary leadership on the economic front, he received top scores from national fiscal watchdog groups such as Citizens Against Government Waste, Americans for Tax Reform, the National Taxpayers Union, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Most recently, Pat served as president of the limited government, free-enterprise advocacy organization, The Club for Growth. Pat lives in Zionsville, Pa. with his wife Kris and their three children.