Deidre Delisi, wife of Ted Delisi, served as Special Assistant to then-Lieutenant Governor Rick Perry (November 1998 to August 1999) and then "held the same post for Governor Perry from December 2000 to July 2001." 
Delisi is described as "a veteran of numerous political campaigns, having served as a policy advisor on Bush-Cheney 2000, Policy Director for Rick Perry's 1998 campaign for Lieutenant Governor, and a policy assistant on Lamar Alexander's 1996 presidential campign." 
From November 2003, Delisi served as Perry's senior deputy chief of staff and in September 2004 was appointed as his new chief of staff.
- Office of the Governor: Rick Perry, "Gov. Perry Names Deirdre Delisi Chief of Staff", Media Release, September 7, 2004.