Mary Isenhour was nominated to the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board by Governor Tom Wolf on Feb. 15, 2019, and was confirmed by the state Senate on June 19, 2019. Mary is the first female Board member in the history of the PLCB.
A Kansas native, Mary has more than 30 years of experience working with officials at every level and branch of government.
As Secretary of Legislative Affairs and Chief of Staff to Governor Tom Wolf, Mary played a key role in the passage of Act 39 of 2016, the most comprehensive modernization of the beverage alcohol landscape in Pennsylvania since Prohibition. She was also responsible for advancing other important policy items for Governor Wolf such as increased education funding, the legalization of medical marijuana and finding efficiencies in state agencies to achieve savings of
more than $1 billion.
Mary’s career in public service began in the late 1980s with the Kansas House of Representatives, serving as Communications Director and then Chief of Staff to the House Majority Leader. In 1995, she was named the national political director at the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee in Washington, D.C., and in 1999 she relocated to Harrisburg as the executive director of the Pennsylvania House Democratic Campaign Committee. She served as the Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Democratic Party, a senior advisor to Governor Ed Rendell and in 2013 she joined Tom Wolf's campaign for governor as a senior advisor.
Mary is a partner with the Rooney Novak Isenhour Group, a Harrisburg business development and strategic consulting firm.
Mary and her husband, Bill Patton, live in suburban Harrisburg with their cat, Hank, and their Plott Hound, Shafer. She enjoys cooking for friends and family, traveling to experience new culinary offerings and cheering on her beloved University of Kansas Jayhawks.
E-mail Ms. Isenhour at PLCBBoard@pa.gov.