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Deval Patrick was born in 1956. He graduated with a B.A. from Harvard in 1978 and and a J.D. from the same institution in 1982. He worked as a lawyer for the NAACP and the U.S. Court of Appeals, then served as Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division from 1994 until 1997. In 2006 he was elected Governor of Massachusetts, a position he held until 2015. He is now the Managing Director of the asset management firm Bain Capital.
Arms Trade Treaty
Patrick’s position on this issue is unknown.
Arms Sales to Saudi Coalition
Patrick explicitly supports ending arms sales and military support to the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen.
Response to Council on Foreign Policy questionnaire, December 24, 2019
"We must reassess our relationship with Saudi Arabia. My administration will cease supplying Saudi Arabia with arms and support for the Yemen campaign."
Firearms Export Oversight
Patrick’s position on this issue is unknown. He supports banning assault-style weapons domestically, but has not directly addressed broader export oversight rules.