Julie Drenner

Co-founder, Texas Director, R-Street

Julie Drenner is R Street’s Texas director and a co-founder of the institute. She previously held the same position with the Heartland Institute’s Center on Finance, Insurance and Real Estate.

As an attorney and political strategist, Drenner promoted market-based public policy by shepherding issues ranging from legal reform to public health through the legislative process on behalf of the Lanier Law Firm and the Texans for Family Values Political Action Committee. Known for her attention to detail, Drenner drafted more than 20 pieces of legislation and testified in numerous hearings during the past four legislative sessions. She has been interviewed and quoted by CNN, the Los Angeles Times, News Austin 8, KLBJ and the Dallas Morning News about a variety of Texas bills under consideration.

She is a founding member and has served as chairman of the board for the Austin Pregnancy Resource Center, an organization dedicated to serving women and children in need. She and her husband raise their four children in Austin, Texas.