B.S. in Government & International Relations, University of Notre Dame
KEY HEALTH LINK
Pat Fallon is an avid champion of pediatric cancer research and treatment and has advocated and fundraised for the cause professionally and personally.
Texas State Senator (30th district), 2019-2020; Texas State House of Representatives (106th district), 2013-2019; Frisco City Council, 2009-2012
2020 ELECTION CONTEXT
Rep. John Ratcliffe resigned from the House in February 2020, after initially filing for re-election as an unchallenged Republican incumbent. In August 2020, Fallon was chosen by the district’s Republican Party county chairs as the nominee for the 2020 general election.
Fallon is only the sixth person to represent the Texas 4th district since its creation in 1903.
John Ratcliffe (R), resigned
MOST RECENT PROFESSION
Texas State Senator (30th district); owner, Virtus Apparel
Fallon was an entrepreneur before entering politics, and he remains president and CEO of a patriotic-themed apparel company. During his tenure in the State House, Fallon is perhaps best known for co-authoring a 2013 Texas law which allows students and employees of independent school districts to say “Merry Christmas” rather than the nonsecular “Happy Holidays.”
Fallon was Mayor Pro Tem of Frisco, TX from 2011-2012.
On The Issues
Fallon has stated, "I'd like to see Obamacare repealed and replaced."
MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTION
Although it did not pass, Fallon authored a bill while in the Texas Senate to support more trauma-informed systems of care for children in child protective services and in the foster system. He also co-authored a bill to create a Texas Mental Health Care Consortium.
As state senator, Fallon voted for HB 2536, a bill establishing drug pricing transparency requirements in Texas in May 2019.
VETERANS HEALTH CARE
While in the Texas House, Fallon served as vice-chair of the Veterans Caucus.
Fallon is pro-life. In 2013, Fallon supported HB 2, a Texas ban on abortion after twenty weeks of gestation, which later passed the State House. He co-sponsored companion legislation to increase medical and licensing requirements of Texas abortion providers.
OTHER HEALTH CARE ISSUES
In January 2016, in an effort to raise funds and awareness for pediatric cancer research, Fallon successfully completed the World Marathon Challenge, where competitors attempt to run 7 marathons on all 7 continents in 7 consecutive days. While in the Senate, he authored a bill to authorize speciality license plates with the words "Kids Shouldn't Have Cancer" on them, with all profits going to a special research fund. He also co-sponsored a successful bill to repeal step therapy or "fail first" protocols for metastatic stage 4 cancer patients.
DID YOU KNOW?
Fallon played college football as a wide receiver with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and was part of the reserve squad during the 1988 national championship season under Lou Holtz. He founded a company called Virtus Apparel, which makes patriotic-themed clothing.