Office of the Governor Rick Perry

Gov. Perry Announces Mary Katherine Stout as Budget, Planning and Policy Director

Wednesday, July 02, 2008  •  Appointment

AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today announced Mary Katherine Stout will serve as director of the Budget, Planning and Policy Division. Stout joins the governor’s office from the Texas Public Policy Foundation where she has served as vice president of policy and director for the Center for Health Care Policy.

“Mary Katherine Stout brings legislative and policy expertise rooted in sound fiscal conservative principles,” said Gov. Perry. “Her work on a broad spectrum of policy issues at one of the leading conservative think tanks in the country provides her with a depth of knowledge that will be invaluable.”

“I am honored to join Gov. Perry’s staff.  Texas continues to prove that lower taxes and a competitive economy make our state a great place to live and work,” said Mary Katherine Stout. “Gov. Perry’s commitment to Texans’ freedom and prosperity has made us a leader among the states and I am proud to be a part of his administration.”

Prior to joining the Foundation in February 2005, Stout worked for then-Chair Diane Rath at the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC), where Stout served as policy analyst and handled issues among the two-dozen TWC programs including TANF and child care.

Stout previously worked for the Texas Conservative Coalition and the Texas Conservative Coalition Research Institute (TCCRI), working closely with the TCCRI task forces on fiscal policy, health and human services, and school finance reform.

Additionally, Stout worked as a policy analyst at the Texas Legislative Council and in the office of former Louisiana Governor Mike Foster.

Stout received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Texas A&M University.

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