As Texas Land Commissioner Patterson plays an instrumental role in many of Texas economic issues and he is also an announced candidate in the 2014 Lieutenant Governors race.I am a candidate for Lieutenant Governor. I have been for about a year & a half and Im not backing up. People around the state want someone who is straight with them ... and I want to be the straight guy" says Patterson. The General Land Office manages about 13 million acres out of about 172 million acres that make up that iconic shape we all know as Texas. And that 13 million is not all surface land ... 2½ million are submerged in the Gulf of Mexico. Nonetheless between the Permanent School Fund (PSF) and the Permanent University Fund were setting records in revenue primarily because of the oil & gas boom particularly oil said Patterson of his role as Texas Land Commissioner. We need more leaders who are going to do whats best for Texas and who dont care about the political consequences ... the blogs the pundits the editorial boards. Just be straight with folks and tell them what youre going to do" Patterson said of his Lt. Governors effort.