Party affiliation: Republican
Donald Ross Patterson, American lawyer, educator. Member East Texas Estate Planning Council; Member College of State Bar of Texas, Texas Bar Association, Smith County Bar Association, American Immigration Lawyers Association, Masons, Rotary (past president), Shriners, Toastmasters (past president), Phi Delta Phi.
Commissioned lieutenant (junior grade) United States Navy, 1964, advanced through grades to lieutenant Commander, 1969. Assistant officer in charge Naval Petroleum Reserve, Bakersfield, California, 1970-1972. Staff judge advisory Kenitra, Morocco, 1972-1976.
Officer in charge Naval Legal Services Office, Whidbey Island, Washington, 1976-1979. Head military Justice division, Subic Bay, The Philippines, 1979-1981. Retired United States Navy, 1982.
Private practice Tyler, Texas, since 1982. Former instructor University Maryland, Chapman College, University LaVerne, Tyler Junior College, Jarvis Christian College, University Texas, Tyler.
- Bar: Texas 1964, United States Court Claims 1970, United States Court Customs and Patent Appeals 1970, United States Court Military Appeals 1970, Supreme Court of the United States Court 1970, United States District Court (eastern district) Texas 1982, United States Court Appeals (5th circuit) 1991, United States Court Appeals (District of Columbia circuit) 1994. Board certified in immigration and naturalization law, Texas.