Office of the Governor Rick Perry

Gov. Perry Names Bishop as Chief of Staff

Tuesday, November 27, 2012  •  Austin, Texas  •  Press Release

Gov. Rick Perry named Ann S. Bishop as chief of staff effective December 3, 2012. Bishop replaces Jeff Boyd, who has been appointed to the Supreme Court of Texas.

"Ann brings extensive leadership experience and a history of success in both state government and the private sector. Her skills will be invaluable as she manages the broad range of issues in the Governor's Office, including budget, policy and economic development," Gov. Perry said. "I have known Ann for years and place great trust in her abilities and her character."

Since 2004, Bishop has been the Executive Director of the Employees Retirement System of Texas, which oversees employee and retiree benefits for more than 500,000 state and higher education employees, retirees and their families. ERS also manages investment of a $22 billion retirement trust fund and is the 35th largest public pension fund in the United States. Bishop is a longtime veteran of both the public and private sectors. She has operated an independent business consulting service and served as Deputy Comptroller of Public Accounts. She was also the first executive director of the Department of Information Resources.

Bishop holds an undergraduate degree in business from The University of Texas at Austin, and a juris doctorate from Texas Tech University School of Law.

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