AUSTIN, Texas – The Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Board of Directors has announced the selection of Brooke Leslie Rollins as the Foundation’s new president. She will take office on January 1, 2003.

“We’re delighted to welcome Brooke Rollins to the Foundation,” said Board chairman Wendy Gramm, Ph.D. “She brings an exciting energy, experience and vision to the Foundation’s team.”

Mrs. Rollins is currently Policy Director for Governor Rick Perry. Previously, she served in the Governor’s Office as Deputy Counsel and Ethics Advisor. A former litigator, Mrs. Rollins was a federal law clerk for the Northern District of Texas’ United States District Court. A graduate of Texas A&M University, where she was the first female student body president, Rollins received her law degree with honors from the University of Texas School of Law.

“This is a great opportunity to serve the people of Texas and our elected officials by providing research that addresses the critical issues facing the state,” said Mrs. Rollins. “The Foundation has a well-established reputation for providing rock-solid research that addresses the needs and concerns of our state. I’m eager to join the staff in promoting a positive vision for Texas. The Policy Orientation that TPPF will hold in late January will provide an intellectual foundation for elected officials to build upon in the new Legislature.”

The Foundation’s Policy Orientation will be held on January 29 and 30, and February 3 and 4. It will cover such issues as budget, taxes, school finance, education policy, insurance, transportation, health care and tort reform.

Rollins replaces outgoing president Jeff Judson, who had previously announced he was resigning to pursue opportunities in the private sector.