AUSTIN -Texas Public Policy Foundation President Jeff Judson today announced the selection of Michael Quinn Sullivan as the organization's Director of Media and Government Relations.

In this role, Sullivan will be responsible for the development and execution of public relations strategies, serving as spokesman before the state's print, electronic and broadcast news media. In addition, he will serve as liaison to the state's elected officials and head the TPPF office in Austin.

The Texas Public Policy Foundation is a non-profit, non-partisan research institute dedicated to the principles of limited government, free enterprise, private property rights, and individual responsibility. Chaired by Dr. Wendy Lee Gramm, the Foundation impacts state and local government by conducting research on emerging policy issues and distributing the findings to policy makers, the media, opinion leaders and the general public.

A graduate of Texas A&M University, Sullivan was a news reporter and columnist first for the Denison Herald and then the Brazosport Facts. He also served as a contributing writer for Texas Republic, a conservative monthly magazine. Sullivan left journalism to work on the congressional campaign of Dr. Ron Paul, and then moved to Washington, DC, serving as the representative's communications director and press secretary.

Sullivan left government service in 1999 to accept a position with the Media Research Center, as Director of Communications for the Conservative Communications Center and Cybercast News Service, where he oversaw public relations for the domestic staff and international bureaus. Further, he was responsible for developing and presenting training programs for individuals and organizations interested in improving their communications styles and public relations strategies.

As a columnist, Sullivan's writings have appeared in publications such as the Houston Chronicle, the New Hampshire Union Leader, the Augusta (GA) Chronicle, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Raleigh (NC) News & Observer, the Richmond (VA) Times-Dispatch, DoubleThink magazine, the Daily Oklahoman, and others, as well as carried by the Scripps Howard News Service.