From the Office of State Senator Dan Patrick

For Immediate Release
January 30, 2007

Contact: Court Koenning (512) 463-0107 / (713) 876-4444


Resolution directs State Preservation Board to place "In God We Trust" permanently in Senate chamber

AUSTIN -- In session this morning, Senator Dan Patrick (R-Houston) introduced Senate Resolution 141 which passed unanimously after nearly all of the Senators co-authored the resolution.

The resolution requires the Senate to post the motto of "In God We Trust" immediately on the reader board and by September 1, 2007 to permanently affix the motto on the "white portico located over" the Lt. Governor's podium. Immediately upon the Senate's adjournment, the newly adopted Senate motto was displayed on the reader board in the Senate chamber.

"The purpose of this is that it sends a message to everyone who comes in here that this Senate stands for Judeo-Christian values," Senator Dan Patrick stated on the Senate floor. "We can look at the words to get us through those tough times in the days and months to come," Senator Patrick added.

Last week, State Representative Richard Raymond (D-Laredo) introduced a similar measure in the Texas House that passed 141-3.

In addition to Senator Patrick, Senators Rodney Ellis (D-Houston) and Florence Shapiro (R-Plano) spoke in favor of the resolution and almost all the Senators signed on as co-authors of the resolution. Following the favorable remarks, Senators voted unanimously in favor of the resolution.

"I am pleased my first legislative victory will forever recognize our creator and am equally honored to have all of my colleagues support the measure," Senator Patrick offered. "The constant reminder will offer us guidance in the many tough decisions that face us," Senator Patrick remarked.

On April 22, 1864, the United States Congress adopted "In God We Trust" as their official motto.