Jayant Rajaram Patil (born 16 February 1962) is an Indian politician from the state of Maharashtra. Currently he is Cabinet Minister of the Water Resources Department in Uddhav Thakare's cabinet. He was the Cabinet Minister of Rural Development in Prithviraj Chavan cabinet (from 2009 to 2014), as well as Finance Minister (from 1999 to 2008) and Home Minister (from 2008 to 2009) of Maharashtra state.
Jayant Patil is a son of late Rajarambapu Patil. After the sudden Death of Rajarambapu Patil in 1984, Jayant Patil returned from the USA where he was pursuing his higher Education
After returning to his home town he preferred not contest any parliamentary election immediately and became the chairman of cooperative sugar factory. After working around six years in the overall development of the Sangli area, Patil was given a ticket to contest the state assembly election from Walwa Islampur constituency. He has represented Islampur Walwa constituency 6 times that is 27 years.
He was finance minister of Maharashtra from October 1999 to December 2008 in Congress and Nationalist Congress Party government.
In the aftermath of the November 2008 Mumbai attacks, R. R. Patil had to resign, which was then accepted by the party and Patil was elected as Home Minister of Maharashtra in Ashok Chavan cabinet. as a Home Minister of Maharashtra Patil played a highly crucial role in modernising the Maharashtra Police. Patil, established the Force 1 and gave highly modern weapons to the police.
Like other Congress and NCP leaders in Maharashtra he owns education institutes and cooperative bodies 1.Rajarambapu Institute of Technology (RIT), Sangli 2.Cooperative Milk Federation popularly known as Krishna Dudh 3.Sugar factories 4.Rajarambapu Textile park 5.Rajarambapu sahkari bank Limited( Scheduled bank) 6.Kasegaon Education Society 7.Food Processing units
Patil is currently working as Leader of NCP in Maharashtra Vidhan Sabha.
In April 2018, he was elected as state president (chief) of the Nationalist Congress Party in the place of former state chief Sunil Tatkare.