Find out more →

Get unlimited access. Become a digital member!

Friday, February 15, 2013

Texarkana auto dealer appointed to Game and Fish Commission

Posted By on Fri, Feb 15, 2013 at 9:36 AM

The appointee WAS from Texarkana as I predicted. And he is a well-to-do white guy. But not old. I refer to Gov. Mike Beebe's appointment to the state Game and Fish Commission to complete the term of Rick Watkins, who resigned after an alcohol-fueled incident involving use of a firearm.

Governor Mike Beebe has named Ty Patterson of Texarkana as the newest commissioner of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. Patterson will serve the remaining 16 months of a term vacated by the resignation of Rick Watkins.

"Ty has a lifetime of outdoor experience, particularly in Southwest Arkansas," Beebe said. "His enthusiasm and experience will serve him well as he represents that region of our State on the commission."

Patterson, 35, is a partner in the Orr/Patterson Automotive Group in Texarkana. A graduate of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, Patterson grew up hunting and fishing in Southwest Arkansas. He is particularly fond of duck hunting and spring turkey hunting.

Along with current memberships in Ducks Unlimited and the National Wild Turkey Federation, Patterson is a board member of the First Tee of Texarkana and volunteers on committees for Opportunities, Inc.

Patterson's term will expire July 1, 2014.

Patterson is heir to investor in an auto group empire established in Texarkana, Texas in the 1920s. A quick search shows heavy Patterson contributions to a Texas Republican Party candidate. How's that for a bipartisan spirit?

But ... He is also the son of Cary Patterson of Texarkana, a trial lawyer who's given a phenomenal amount of money to the Democratic Party (he's part of a law firm that's given more than $5 million in soft money to Democratic causes since 1992). They've also given to Blanche Lincoln, Mark Pryor and others. Patterson has been quite successful, judging by his home.

CORRECTION: Patterson is a financial partner in Orr Auto Group, started by Guss Orr in the 1920s,

Tags: , , ,

Speaking of...

Comments (11)

Showing 1-11 of 11

Add a comment

Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-11 of 11

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

Most Shared

  • Not giving up on Fred

    We ended up adopting Fred due to his incorrigible stubbornness. Originally bred to track game, basset hounds can be amazingly persistent. It sometimes appears that when their noses are working, their hearing shuts down.
  • Private clubs win early closing battle

    Private clubs apparently have won their battle against earlier closing hours, based on a "compromise" revealed at the City Board meeting last night.
  • Prosecutors have all the power

    But little oversight. Is a violation not a violation if a prosecutor says, 'I didn't mean to'?
  • The Kochs, Tom Cotton and their dislike of helping farmers

    The Koch political lobby is trying mightily to pretend it supports American farmers and that Tom Cotton's vote against the farm bill isn't a measure of farm support. A new report from a Democratic organization blows that dishonest messaging out of the water.
  • In Hot Springs, pizza means Deluca's

    In Hot Springs, one pizzeria is taking fresh flavors to the next level.

Most Viewed

  • Liquor stores contribute $1.2 million to fight alcohol sales

    If you didn't understand the specifics, you might find irony in the fact that Arkansas liquor stores have contributed $1.2 million — so far — to an effort to defeat a proposed constitutional amendment to allow retail alcohol sales in all 75 counties.

Most Recent Comments



© 2014 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation