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
Staff 37[1]
Budget Revenue: $5,288,989
Expenses: $4,731,140
(FYE December 2014)[2]
Coordinates 30°16′15″N 97°44′29″W / 30.2709°N 97.7413°W / 30.2709; -97.7413Coordinates: 30°16′15″N 97°44′29″W / 30.2709°N 97.7413°W / 30.2709; -97.7413
Address 901 Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78701
Website www.texaspolicy.com

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 promote and defend liberty, personal responsibility, and free enterprise in Texas and the nation by educating and affecting policymakers and the Texas public policy debate with academically sound research and outreach."[3] TPPF notes that its guiding principles are "individual liberty, personal responsibility, private property rights, free markets and limited government".[4]


TPPF was initially founded and funded in 1989 by James R. Leininger, a physician, businessman and conservative activist from San Antonio, Texas. Today, the Foundation's board of directors includes thirteen individuals.[5] Originally based in San Antonio, the organization was relocated in 2003 to Austin, Texas to be near the state capitol. In February 2015, TPPF moved into a new $20-million building two blocks from the Texas Capitol.[1]


TPPF is organized into nine issue-area centers and a litigation arm:

  • American Future (litigation)
  • Economic Freedom
  • Education Freedom
  • 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.[6][7]
  • Energy & Environment
  • Fiscal Policy
  • Health Care
  • Higher Education
  • Local Governance
  • Tenth Amendment

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.

In 2013, TPPF published The Texas Model: Prosperity in the Lone Star State and Lessons for America.[8] A new edition of the book was published in 2014:[9] TPPF also publishes a quarterly journal titled Veritas.[10]

Notable TPPF staff


  1. ^ a b Satija, Neena (January 7, 2015). "TPPF Building the Foundation of Texas Conservatism". Texas Tribune. Retrieved 10 March 2015. 
  2. ^ "Quickview data". GuideStar.  See also "Charity Rating". Charity Navigator. 
  3. ^ "About". Texas Public Policy Foundation. Retrieved 10 March 2015. 
  4. ^ Quigley, Bernie (March 7, 2014). "Requiem for the Tea Party: Mitch McConnell comes packing". The Hill. Retrieved March 12, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Board of Directors". Texas Public Policy Foundation. Retrieved 10 March 2015. 
  6. ^ 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. 
  7. ^ Hancock, The Hon. Sen. Loni (February 22, 2014). "Texas an unlikely model for prison reform". The San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved March 12, 2014. 
  8. ^ Loyola, Mario (January 16, 2013). "The Texas Model". National Review. Retrieved 10 March 2015. 
  9. ^ "The Texas Model: Prosperity in the Lone Star State and Lessons for America 2014 Edition". Retrieved 2015-07-30. 
  10. ^ OCLC 806032908, 806034290 (print and on-line versions)

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