For the past 25 years, Mary has served the Democratic Party and candidates in many capacities at all levels of electoral politics. She is currently a partner in the consulting firm, Isenhour Rooney Strategies, LLC.
Isenhour and former Pennsylvania Democratic Party Chairman T. J. Rooney formed Isenhour Rooney Strategies, LLC (www.isenhourrooney.com) in July, 2010 after leading the Pennsylvania Democratic Party for 7 ½ years. From 2003 through 2008, Pennsylvania became one of the bluest states in the country, posting a 73% win record statewide. Through innovative targeting, effective communications and unprecedented coordination, Democratic base turnout increased by nearly 25% and led to one of the most successful eras in the Pennsylvania Democratic Party’s history. During this time, Pennsylvania Democrats controlled the Governor’s office, 3 of 4 statewide row offices, two United States Senators, picked up five seats in the Congressional delegation, a majority in the State House and multiple majorities on County Commissions, County Row Offices and local councils and boards.
Mary served as Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Democratic Party from 2007 through June, 2010 and as Director of PA Victory, the statewide coordinated campaign effort. Mary currently serves as a political advisor to Governor Ed Rendell’s political action committee and to Pennsylvania House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody.
In 2008, Mary served as the Pennsylvania State Director for the Hillary Clinton Presidential Campaign. Pennsylvania posted a 10-percent victory for Senator Clinton in the April, 2008 primary.
From 1999 to 2003, Mary served as Executive Director of the Pennsylvania House Democratic Campaign Committee.
From 1995 to 1999 Mary served as a National Political Director for the Washington D. C. based Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee. She worked with legislative leaders and caucus campaign staff in over 15 states from Pennsylvania to New Mexico picking up and maintaining Democratic majorities in state legislatures.
Mary began her political career in her home state of Kansas as Communications Director and Chief of Staff to 3 Democratic leaders in the Kansas House of Representatives. For two years she served as Chief of Staff to the Majority Leader after being part of a team that picked up a Democratic majority for only the 3rd time in the history of the state.
Mary has also taught and lectured at various educational establishments on electoral politics including The University of Pennsylvania, Central Penn College, The Washington Center and taught a credited class on Presidential elections at Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA.
Mary currently serves on the Board of Planned Parenthood of Pennsylvania, Equality PA and was appointed by Governor Rendell to the Pennsylvania Community Service Advisory Board.
In 2010 she was the only woman named to the Pennsylvania Top 10 Influencers List by Campaigns and Elections and Politicspa.com as well as one of the Top Political Operatives in Pennsylvania.
Mary’s hobbies include berating candidates into running modern, strategic campaigns, spoiling her nieces and nephews and cooking with garlic.
A fan and ardent follower of the Big 12, during basketball season, she can be found cheering for her alma mater and beloved University of Kansas Jayhawks. Mary and her husband, Bill Patton, reside in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania with Ralph, their dog in a cat suit.