Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick starts 2021 legislative session with an unusually low profile

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Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick during a Spread the Red event in Grapevine on Oct. 17, 2018. Credit: Leslie Boorhem-Stephenson for The Texas Tribune

In 2015, Dan Patrick stormed into his first legislative session as lieutenant governor declaring it a “new day” in Texas, claiming a mandate for conservative policy from voters in the prior election.

Two years later, Patrick embarked on his second session with an early and aggressive red-meat agenda meant to build pressure on a resistant House.

In 2019, Patrick played the eager participant in the united front that the new Big 3 — himself, Gov. Greg Abbott and new House Speaker Dennis Bonnen — sought to display as the session began.