Patricia A. Shipton

Patricia A. Shipton served as a member of Governor Rick Perry’s senior staff from January 2001 to September 2004.  Ms. Shipton was the first Hispanic and the first woman to hold the post of Director of Legislative Affairs in the Governor’s Office.  As Legislative Director she was Governor Perry’s chief liaison to the Texas Senate, the Texas House of Representatives, Lt. Governor’s Office and the Speaker’s Office.   In addition, Ms. Shipton worked closely with the Mexican-American Legislative Caucus, the Black Caucus, the House and Senate Republican Caucuses, the House and Senate Democratic Caucuses and the House Rural Caucus.   As Legislative Director, Ms. Shipton was responsible for securing passage of Governor Perry’s legislative initiatives including the Trans-Texas Corridor, the Texas Grants II Program, a Border Telemedicine Project, Master Math and Master Science Teaching Programs, Government Re-Organization Act, a Model Sea Water Desalination Project, Medical Liability Reform, the Texas Enterprise Fund and balanced budgets.

A native of Laredo, Texas, Ms. Shipton is a 1983 graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, earning a BA in English and Psychology.  Ms. Shipton worked as a legislative staffer for a number of years, and as a government affairs consultant prior to joining the Governor’s Office.

In September 2004 Ms. Shipton returned to the private sector as a government affairs consultant.

 

 

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