Pat Choate

Pat Choate

Pat Choate
Born (1941-04-27) April 27, 1941
Maypearl, Texas, U.S.
Alma mater University of Texas, Arlington
University of Oklahoma
Political party Reform Party
Spouse(s) Kay Casey

Pat Choate (born April 27, 1941) is an American economist who is perhaps most known for being the 1996 Reform Party Vice President candidate, the running-mate of H. Ross Perot. Following the 1996 election, the Federal Election Commission certified the Reform Party as a national political party eligible for federal campaign matching funds, a historic first.


  • Life and career 1
  • Electoral history 2
  • Bibliography 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Life and career

Choate was born in Maypearl, Texas, the son of Bettie Lee (Simpson) and Frank William Choate.[1][2] He is the director of the Manufacturing Policy Project, which studies long-term U.S. economic policy. He previously worked as Director of Research and Planning for the Oklahoma Industrial Development Commission; as Tennessee’s first Commissioner of Economic and Community Development; as the Director of the Appalachian and then Southern Regional Offices of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA); as Director of the EDA Office of Economic Research; as the Senior Economist in the Office of Management and Budget’s Trade Reorganization Project; as a Fellow at the Battelle Institute’s Academy for Contemporary Problems and as Vice President of Public Policy at TRW, Inc. He has served on several Presidential and Congressional commissions on education, infrastructure and national security.

He was a co-founder of the Congressional Economic Leadership Institute (CELI) in 1986 and served as its Chair or Co-Chair for 18 years. Pat Choate and his wife live near Washington, Virginia. He has a

Party political offices
First Reform vice presidential nominee
Succeeded by
Ezola Foster
  • CNN's All Politics Profile of Dr. Choate
  • Appearances on C-SPAN
    • , October 28, 1990.Agents of Influence interview with Choate on Booknotes

External links

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  3. ^ "Pat Choate, Celebrated Economist, Author and Intellectual Property Expert, Joins AIPR Board of Directors", Press Release July 11, 2009.
  4. ^ Leip, David. "1996 Presidential General Election Results". David Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections. Retrieved 19 November 2012. 


  • Agents of Influence ISBN 0-671-74339-2
  • The High Flex Society with Juyne Linger
  • America in Ruins with Susan Walters
  • Thinking Strategically with Susan Walters
  • Being Number One: Rebuilding the U.S. Economy with Gail Garfield Schwartz
  • Save Your Job, Save Our Country: Why NAFTA Must Be Stopped Now with Ross Perot
  • Hot Property: The Stealing of Ideas in an Age of Globalization ISBN 0-375-40212-8
  • Dangerous Business: The Risks of Globalization to America (Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. August 2008)
  • Saving Capitalism: Keeping America Strong

He has authored and co-authored dozens of reports and several books, including:


United States presidential election, 1996[4]

Electoral history

He hosted a weekly radio show called The Week Ahead from 1994 to 1996 and the Pat Choate Show from 1997 to 2000.

He is married to Kay Casey and has one grown stepson.