DOUGLAS J. PATTON, a lawyer, businessman and consultant, has a long, celebrated and distinguished national and international career. He has been in private practice for more than seventeen years; served as Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development for the District of Columbia; owned a cable television company; and was a member of the board of both Century National Bank and Columbia National Bank.
At twenty-three, he began serving as a political consultant or adviser. He worked in more than twenty campaigns, beginning in 1964 with Iowa congressman John Culver. In 1968 he was Midwest State Coordinator for Hubert Humphrey’s presidential campaign. He went on to work for Patrick White in his 1969 city council race; Ed Mezvinskly 1970 congressional run (and his 1972 House bid); Al Donahue for U.S. Senate in 1970; and Harold Hughes for President in 1971. In 1972, he helped establish the consulting firm of Allem, Hamilton, Patton, which advised among others Jay Rockefeller for Governor, J.O. Patterson for Congress and Max Cleland for State Senate.
While working for the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSME) as a political consultant in 1974, Mr. Patton advised on the Hugh Carey for Governor campaign in New York and the Ella Grasso for Governor campaign in Connecticut. He also advised on the Senator Ed Muskie race in Maine in 1975. In 1978 he was a principal advisor to Marion Barry who became the second elected mayor for the District of Columbia.
As ex-officio representative from the U.S. House of Representatives on the Federal Election Commission for over eighteen years, Patton advised both Senate and House members on election law and ethics.
Douglas Patton has a vast network that includes many of the country’s local and national political leadership, who call on him from time to time for advice and assistance.
Currently he and his wife Nancy reside in both the District of Columbia and Vail, Colorado.