Dan Patrick baptized, builds Texas business ties on first trip to Israel
Dan Patrick wasn’t the Republican lieutenant governor who had a spur-of-the-moment bar mitzvah at the Western Wall on a recent trip to Israel. That would be Florida Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera.
But Patrick did get baptized in the waters of the Jordan River near the Sea of Galilee, capping an eight-day, mid-April visit to Israel by a delegation of seven Republican lieutenant governors.
“It was quite an experience,” Patrick said of being immersed in the waters where the Bible recounts Jesus’ baptism by John.
“Some people would say I wear my faith on my sleeve. I try not to, but if you look at my record in the Senate of putting ‘In God We Trust’ in the Senate (chamber), and ‘under God’ in the (Texas) pledge, and helping create the first seminary in a Texas prison — and I wrote a Christian book and a Christian film — it’s very meaningful to me, and so it was just something I wanted to do,” Patrick said.