When Gov. Rick Perry looks up from his desk these days, more often than not, he is surrounded by women.
For the first time in his tenure, his chief of staff and deputy chief of staff are women. So are his director of communications, his press secretary, his heads of scheduling and administration, and his human resources director, along with the bulk of his appointments staff.
In all, about 60 percent of the 256 governor’s office employees are female. Among Perry’s most senior staff — those charged with making key decisions for the governor — two-thirds are women.
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