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Year in Review: Gov. Patrick

12/31/2008, 5:16 a.m.

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        Gov. Deval Patrick (right) greets his daughter Katherine Patrick as his wife Diane Patrick (background) claps during Boston’s annual gay pride parade, held on June 13, 2008. Katherine, the governor’s youngest daughter, publicly announced in an interview published June 12 that she is gay. (AP photo/Lisa Poole)


        Gov. Deval Patrick (center), Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray (left) and Administration and Finance Secretary Leslie Kirwan leave the podium after an Oct. 2, 2008, press conference in Boston. Patrick announced plans to cut spending and implement a series of cost-saving reforms, part of a five-point fiscal action plan to address mounting financial challenges now confronting the Commonwealth. (AP photo/Bizuayehu Tesfaye)

        Gov. Deval Patrick (left) passes House Speaker Salvatore F. DiMasi (second from right) as he leaves an auditorium after delivering a speech outlining an economic stimulus plan at MIT’s Sloan School of Management in Cambridge on April 9, 2008. In the speech, Patrick announced that the Commonwealth will spend $20 million to acquire vacant foreclosed properties and seek a $3.8 billion bond issue to repair the state’s bridges, creating an estimated 23,000 construction jobs. (AP photo/Josh Reynolds)

        Before a crowd of supporters and activists at the United South End Settlements’ Harriet Tubman House, Gov. Deval Patrick, House Speaker Salvatore F. DiMasi, House Majority Leader Byron Rushing and Democratic Party chairman John Walsh unequivocally endorsed Sonia Chang-Díaz as the Democratic nominee for state Senate in the Second Suffolk District. Chang-Díaz defeated Sen. Dianne Wilkerson in the Democratic primary on Sept. 16, 2008. (Photo courtesy of Chang-Díaz for State Senate)

        Gov. Deval Patrick (center) listens to opening remarks on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 26, 2008, prior to the House Health subcommittee hearing on health insurance for uninsured children. Patrick is flanked by fellow governors (from left): Christine Gregoire of Washington, Haley Barbour of Mississippi, Sonny Perdue of Georgia, and Ted Strickland of Ohio. Patrick says he believes legislative support is building for his casino gambling proposal. (AP photo/Susan Walsh)