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Perry Announces Inner Circle

Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Election Night.(Ben Sklar/Getty Images)

September 2, 2011

Texas Gov. Rick Perry's campaign announced the senior members of his presidential campaign team Friday, bringing on board a close-knit group of Texans - most of whom have worked for him as governor.

The team is headed by Rob Johnson, Perry's campaign manager, who helmed the governor's successful re-election effort in 2010. He was a senior adviser to Perry this year. He'll be joined by Deirdre Delisi, who will serve as policy and strategy director. She is Perry's former chief of staff, and was a former policy director to George W. Bush's presidential campaign.

Wayne Hamilton, a former executive director of the Texas Republican Party, was named political director, and Perry's current chief of staff, Ray Sullivan, will be his communications director. Another Perry veteran, Mark Miner, will be his press secretary. Miner served the same role during his 2010 gubernatorial campaign.

"I am committed to turning our country back into the land of opportunity as the next president of the United States, and I have complete confidence in the top members of my presidential campaign staff to help get us there," Perry said in a statement announcing his team.

"The individuals heading up this campaign are professional, each of them has extensive experience in running successful campaigns, and I look forward to working closely with this talented team of experts to take our message to the people of this country and get America working again."

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