Texas Public Policy Foundation

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Texas Public Policy Foundation
Founder(s) James R. Leininger
Established 1989
Focus Texas government
President Brooke Rollins
Executive Director Arlene Wohlgemuth
Budget Revenue: $5,288,989
Expenses: $4,731,140
(FYE December 2014)[1]
Location (30°16′16″N 97°44′31″W / 30.2711°N 97.7420°W / 30.2711; -97.7420Coordinates: 30°16′16″N 97°44′31″W / 30.2711°N 97.7420°W / 30.2711; -97.7420)
Address 900 Congress Ave., S-400
Austin, TX 78701
Website TPPF website

The Texas Public Policy Foundation (TPPF) is a conservative think tank based in Austin, Texas. It is a member of the State Policy Network, a network of free-market oriented think tanks.

The stated mission of TPPF is to [1], "improve Texas government by generating academically sound research and data on state issues, and by recommending the findings to opinion leaders, policy makers, the media and general public." TPPF notes that its guiding principles are "individual liberty, personal responsibility, private property rights, free markets and limited government".[2]


TPPF was initially founded and funded in 1989 by James R. Leininger, a physician, businessman and Christian activist from San Antonio, Texas. Today, the Foundation's [2] board of directors includes fifteen individuals from around the state. Originally based in San Antonio, the organization was relocated in 2003 to Austin to be near the state capitol.


TPPF is organized into nine issue-area centers, which issue research reports and briefing papers on a periodic basis (usually monthly):

  • Anne & Tobin Armstrong Center for Energy and the Environment (formerly Center for Natural Resources Policy)
  • Center for Economic Freedom
  • Center for Education Policy
  • Center for Effective Justice
    • This center is sponsoring the Right on Crime initiative, an effort to reduce crime, restore victims, and replace mass incarceration with more cost-effective and humane sentencing and criminal punishment.[3][4]
  • Center for Fiscal Policy (director Talmadge L. Heflin)
  • Center for Health Care Policy
  • Center for Higher Education
  • Center for Local Governance
  • Center for Tenth Amendment Action

During the year, TPPF hosts monthly policy events ("Policy Primers") covering a range of issues, and an annual conference ("Policy Orientation for the Texas Legislature") that draws about 1,000 attendees.

TPPF also published "The Texas Model: Prosperity in the Lone Star State and Lessons for America - 2014 Edition." [3]

Notable TPPF staff


  1. ^ "Quickview data". GuideStar.  See also "Charity Rating". Charity Navigator. 
  2. ^ Quigley, Bernie (March 7, 2014). "Requiem for the Tea Party: Mitch McConnell comes packing". The Hill. Retrieved March 12, 2014. 
  3. ^ Reilly, Ryan J. (March 7, 2014). "Conservative Skepticism About 'Tough On Crime' Policies Gets Its Turn At CPAC". The Huffington Post. Retrieved March 7, 2014. 
  4. ^ Hancock, The Hon. Sen. Loni (February 22, 2014). "Texas an unlikely model for prison reform". The San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved March 12, 2014. 

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