At a Glance
- Career History: Lobbyist for Goldman Sachs (2003 to 2008)
- Alma Mater: State University of New York at Albany; Catholic University, J.D.
Path to Power
As a staffer for prominent senators throughout his career, Patterson has spent much of his life in the background. Patterson was born to a New York librarian mother and a father who was a high school English teacher. He earned his undergraduate degree from the State University of New York at Albany and received a law degree from Catholic University.
Veteran Hill Aide
Patterson worked on Capitol Hill for Sen. Moynihan from 1985 to 1988. After going to law school and working in a private practice for several years, he rejoined Moynihan's office as a legislative director before getting promoted to chief counsel for the Senate Finance Committee.
On Geithner's first full-day on the job at Treasury, he announced rules that limited lobbyist influence on the $350 billion worth of TARP funds released in January 2009 to the new administration. But on that same day, Geithner also named Patterson, a former Goldman lobbyist, as his chief of staff.
Despite some criticism, Patterson received a White House waiver to work at Treasury, and he has promised to recuse himself when certain issues related to Goldman Sachs are discussed.
Patterson worked in a few positions under ex-Sen. Tom Daschle (D), and was considered part of Daschle's inner circle, along with lawyer Mark Childress.
While working at Goldman Sachs, Patterson donated $20,350 in political contributions since 2004. All of his campaign donations went to Democratic candidates, including $4,000 to Tom Daschle in 2004.