Patrick Branco

US House of Representatives, HI-02

Game Changer

Patrick will be the first out LGBTQ person elected to Congress from Hawaii!

Biography

After defending American values across the world as a U.S. Diplomat, Patrick ran for the State House to be a voice for equality and collaboration in the State Legislature.

Patrick graduated from the Kamehameha Schools and received a full scholarship to Hawai’i Pacific University, where he served as Student Body President. After graduating, he earned a Congressman Charles B. Rangel Fellowship to fund his Master’s degree from John’s Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, D.C. While studying at SAIS, he earned fellowships at both the United States Embassy in the Republic of Korea and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs.

Drawn to public service, Patrick joined the U.S. Foreign Service as a Diplomat in 2012. Around the world, Patrick dedicated himself to promoting the values he grew up with in Kailua: equality, freedom of speech, and religious freedom. He served tours in Colombia, Pakistan, the Office of the Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, the Secretary of State’s Operations Center, and Venezuela.

In some of the world’s most unstable areas, Patrick promoted security, free speech, and economic development. He brought people together in defense of democracy, human rights, and equality. Patrick brings that same approach to the State Legislature, and has built coalitions as he advocates for Hawaii.

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