Patrick Choate was the 46th Vice President of the United States, serving under Ross Perot. He replaced James Stockdale, who refused to run for a second term as Vice President. Prior to being Vice President, Choate served under Perot as Secretary of the Treasury during Perot's first term. Choate surprised many when he declined to run for President in 2000, a decision that left many Reform Party members disappointed. Choate went back to being an economist after he left the Vice Presidency.
He was the first Vice-President with facial hair since Charles Curtis (1929-1933)