Brooke Leslie Rollins (born April 10, 1972) is an American lawyer who currently serves as assistant to President Donald Trump in the Office of American Innovation. Prior to assuming her current role, Rollins was president and CEO of the Texas Public Policy Foundation, an Austin-based free-market think tank, from 2003 through 2018.[3][4] During her tenure at TPPF, the think tank grew from having a staff of 3 to a staff of 100.[5]

Brooke Rollins
Assistant to the President for
Strategic Initiatives
Assumed office
February 1, 2018
PresidentDonald Trump
Personal details
Born (1972-04-10) April 10, 1972 (age 47)[1][2]
Glen Rose, Texas, U.S.
EducationTexas A&M University, College Station (BS)
University of Texas, Austin (JD)

Rollins previously served as deputy general counsel, ethics advisor, and policy director to Texas Governor Rick Perry.[6] She is an advocate of criminal justice reform.[7]

Early life and educationEdit

She was raised in Glen Rose, Texas and attended Texas A&M University, where she graduated cum laude with a B.S. in agricultural development in 1994. She was named the top graduate of her class based on a combination criteria of academics, leadership, and service.[6] While at Texas A&M, Rollins was the first female to be elected student body president. She also served as the speaker pro tempore of the Student Senate, the chair of the Texas A&M Judicial Court, as a Fish Camp counselor, and was Cotton Bowl Classic Queen.[6]

After graduating from A&M, Rollins attended the University of Texas School of Law, graduating with honors.[8] She then worked for several years at Hughes & Luce, LLP in Dallas and clerked under U.S. Federal District Court judge Barbara M.G. Lynn.[4]

AccoladesEdit

In 2007, she became the first female speaker at the College Station Aggie Muster, which honors deceased Texas A&M former students.[6] In 2011, Texas Monthly named Rollins one of the 25 most powerful Texans.[9]

Office of American InnovationEdit

In February 2018, Rollins replaced Reed Cordish as Trump's assistant to the president for intergovernmental and technology initiatives and as a member of the Office of American Innovation.[10]

Rollins was influential in encouraging the passage of the First Step Act, legislation that reforms the nation's prison system and seeks to reduce recidivism. The First Step Act was signed into law by President Trump in December 2018.[11]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Glen Rose native taking advisor post in White House
  2. ^ . https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KGT8-NP6
  3. ^ Svitek, Patrick (February 16, 2018). "Texas Public Policy Foundation head Brooke Rollins to join White House". Teas Tribune. Retrieved 9 March 2018.
  4. ^ a b King, Tura (2007), Softly Call the Muster, Texas A&M University, retrieved 2007-10-31[dead link] and Scholar search
  5. ^ Drusch, Andrea (February 16, 2018). "Fort Worth's Rollins joins Kushner-run White House post". Star-Telegram. Retrieved 9 March 2018.
  6. ^ a b c d Lim, Cherie; Lankes, Chelsea (April 20, 2007), "Aggies to gather for Muster, first woman SBP to speak", The Battalion, College Station, Texas, archived from the original on 2007-10-10, retrieved 2007-10-31
  7. ^ Kirell, Andrew. "White House Hires Prison-Reform Activist as a Trump Assistant". Daily Beast. Retrieved 9 March 2018.
  8. ^ Svitek, Patrick (February 27, 2018). "Glen Rose native taking advisor post in White House". Glen Rose Reporter. Texas Tribune. Retrieved 19 June 2019.
  9. ^ Smith, Evan (January 18, 2011). "Texas Monthly's 25 Most Powerful Texans". Texas Tribune. Retrieved 10 March 2015.
  10. ^ O'Connell, Jonathan (2018-02-16). "Trump tech adviser Reed Cordish is leaving the White House". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2018-02-16.
  11. ^ Drusch, Andrea (December 18, 2018). "White House green-lights Texas think tank's ideas, irking Capitol Hill Republicans". Star Telegram. Retrieved 10 January 2019.

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