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Saturday, September 23
 

8:30am

One on One with Joe Straus

The Speaker of the House on the regular and special sessions, Republicans at war and the future of Texas

Supported by AT&T


Moderators
avatar for Evan Smith

Evan Smith

CEO of The Texas Tribune
Smith is the CEO and co-founder of The Texas Tribune. Previously Smith spent nearly 18 years at Texas Monthly, including eight years as editor and a year as president and editor-in-chief. He also hosts Overheard with Evan Smith, airing on PBS stations nationally.

Speakers
avatar for Joe Straus

Joe Straus

Speaker of the Texas House
Straus, R-San Antonio, was elected in 2005 to represent House District 121 and has served as speaker since 2009. He is joint chairman of the Legislative Budget Board, the Legislative Audit Committee and the Texas Legislative Council. Prior to his election, Straus served on numerous... Read More →


Saturday September 23, 2017 8:30am - 9:30am
Rainey Hall, Jessen Auditorium 200 W. 21st St., Austin, Texas 78705

9:50am

The Grassroots Agenda
What the most conservative elected officials and activists in Texas want from the next election cycle and the 86th Legislative Session

Moderators
avatar for Jim Henson (mod.)

Jim Henson (mod.)

Director of the Texas Politics Project
Henson directs the Texas Politics Project at the University of Texas at Austin. He is a founder and co-director of the University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll, the only open-source statewide survey of public opinion in Texas. Henson is also the co-author of a Texas politics web-based... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Kyle Biedermann

Kyle Biedermann

State Representative
Biedermann, R-Fredericksburg, has represented House District 73 since 2017. He sits on the House County Affairs and Juvenile Justice & Family Issues committees. In addition to serving in the Legislature, Biedermann also owns and operates Biedermann’s Ace Hardware in Fredericksb... Read More →
avatar for Matt Krause

Matt Krause

State Representative
Krause, R-Fort Worth, has represented House District 93 since 2013. He sits on the House Culture, Recreation & Tourism and Land & Resource Management committees. Krause is a constitutional attorney, professor of American history and government, and public speaker. Krause and his business... Read More →
avatar for Jeff Leach

Jeff Leach

State Representative
Leach, R-Plano, has represented House District 67 since 2012. He serves as vice chair of the House Urban Affairs Committee and sits on the Economic & Small Business Development Committee. Leach practices law with Gray Reed & McGraw P.C., where he specializes in general business, real... Read More →
avatar for Chip Roy

Chip Roy

Director of the Center for the Tenth Amendment Action at the Texas Public Policy Foundation
Roy directs the Center for the Tenth Amendment Action, which researches the constitutional balance between states and the federal government. Previously, he served as the first assistant attorney general of Texas and as chief of staff to U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz. Roy also worked as a special... Read More →


Saturday September 23, 2017 9:50am - 10:50am
Rainey Hall, Jessen Auditorium 200 W. 21st St., Austin, Texas 78705

11:10am

One on One with Beto O'Rourke
The Democratic congressman from El Paso on his longshot race for the Senate against Ted Cruz

Moderators
avatar for Evan Smith

Evan Smith

CEO of The Texas Tribune
Smith is the CEO and co-founder of The Texas Tribune. Previously Smith spent nearly 18 years at Texas Monthly, including eight years as editor and a year as president and editor-in-chief. He also hosts Overheard with Evan Smith, airing on PBS stations nationally.

Speakers
avatar for Beto O'Rourke

Beto O'Rourke

U.S. Representative
O’Rourke, D-El Paso, has represented Texas’ Congressional District 16 since 2013. He is the vice ranking member on the House Armed Services Committee and is a member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. O’Rourke announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate in March... Read More →


Saturday September 23, 2017 11:10am - 12:10pm
Rainey Hall, Jessen Auditorium 200 W. 21st St., Austin, Texas 78705

1:45pm

A Different Kind of Service
How time in the military prepares you to run for office — and how it shapes your thinking about national security, veterans affairs and other issues in play

Supported by Lockheed Martin and Oldcastle Materials

Moderators
avatar for Chris Tomlinson (mod.)

Chris Tomlinson (mod.)

Business Columnist for the Houston Chronicle
Tomlinson has written commentary on business, energy and economics for the Houston Chronicle since 2014. Previously, he spent 20 years with The Associated Press reporting on politics, conflicts and economics from more than 30 countries in Africa, the Middle East and Europe. Tomlinson... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for César Blanco

César Blanco

State Representative
Blanco, D-El Paso, has represented House District 76 since 2015. He serves as vice chairman of the House Defense & Veterans’ Affairs committee and sits on the Land & Resource Management Committee. He also serves on the Transportation Policy Board of the El Paso Metropolitan Planning... Read More →
avatar for George P. Bush

George P. Bush

Texas Land Commissioner
Bush was elected Texas land commissioner in 2014. He is also chairman of the Texas Veterans Land Board, where he oversees the administration of veterans benefits and housing loans. Previously, Bush served as an officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve, co-founded an investment firm focused... Read More →
avatar for MJ Hegar

MJ Hegar

Retired Air Force Officer and Democratic Candidate for U.S. Representative
Hegar is a retired Air Force officer and recipient of the Purple Heart. In 2012, she successfully sued the Department of Defense to repeal the Ground Combat Exclusion Policy, which prevented women from serving in combat positions. Hegar is the author of the bestselling memoir Shoot... Read More →
avatar for Van Taylor

Van Taylor

State Senator
Taylor, R-Plano, has represented Senate District 8 since 2015. He serves as vice chairman of the Senate Nominations Committee and sits on the Finance, Health & Human Services, Transportation and Education committees. Previously, he served in the Texas House. Taylor also works as the... Read More →


Saturday September 23, 2017 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Rainey Hall, Jessen Auditorium 200 W. 21st St., Austin, Texas 78705

3:05pm

The Democratic Playbook
If there’s any chance at all of turning Texas blue in 2018, or of taking back the U.S. House or Senate, you have to start with a plan

Moderators
avatar for Patrick Svitek (mod.)

Patrick Svitek (mod.)

Reporter for The Texas Tribune
Svitek covers politics for the Tribune. Previously, he worked for the Houston Chronicle’s Austin bureau and interned at The Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, Huffington Post Politics and the Journal Gazette in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Svitek is a graduate of Northwestern University’s... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Wendy Davis

Wendy Davis

Former State Senator and Founder of Deeds Not Words
Davis lost in the 2014 general election to current Gov. Greg Abbott. In 2016, she founded Deeds Not Words, an online engagement initiative focused on women’s rights. Previously, Davis served in the Texas Senate for six years, representing parts of Fort Worth, and on the Fort Worth... Read More →
avatar for Gilberto Hinojosa

Gilberto Hinojosa

Chairman of the Texas Democratic Party
Hinojosa was first elected chairman of the Texas Democratic Party in 2012. Previously, he served as chairman of the Cameron County Democratic Party after serving 12 years as county judge. Hinojosa has also served as Justice of the 13th District Court of Appeals, a state district judge... Read More →
avatar for Jess O’Connell

Jess O’Connell

CEO of the Democratic National Committee
O’Connell was named CEO of the DNC in May 2017 and oversees the Committee’s day-to-day operations and political strategy. Previously, she served as executive director of EMILY’s List and as director of operations for Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign. O’Connell... Read More →
avatar for Chris Turner

Chris Turner

State Representative
Turner, D-Grand Prairie, has represented House District 101 since 2013. He also served as the district’s representative from 2009 to 2011. He sits on the House Higher Education, Insurance and General Investigating & Ethics committees, as well as the Select Committee on State & Federal... Read More →


Saturday September 23, 2017 3:05pm - 4:05pm
Rainey Hall, Jessen Auditorium 200 W. 21st St., Austin, Texas 78705

4:25pm

Race, Voting and the Courts
How the prolonged legal wrangling over redistricting and voter ID could literally redraw the state’s political map

Moderators
avatar for Jim Malewitz (mod.)

Jim Malewitz (mod.)

Reporter for The Texas Tribune
Malewitz is an investigative reporter for the Tribune, and he also covers voting rights. He previously covered energy and environmental issues. Before arriving in 2013, he reported for Stateline, a nonprofit news service in Washington, D.C.  A native of Michigan, he has an undergraduate... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Eric Johnson

Eric Johnson

State Representative
Johnson, D-Dallas, has represented House District 100 since 2010. He serves as vice chairman of the House Redistricting Committee and sits on the Investments & Financial Services and Ways & Means committees, as well as the Select Committee on State & Federal Power & Responsibility... Read More →
avatar for Michael Li

Michael Li

Senior Redistricting Counsel the New York University School of Law
Li serves as senior counsel for the Brennan Center’s Democracy Program, where he focuses on redistricting, voting rights and elections. He is also the author of txredistricting.org, a widely cited redistricting blog. Previously, he practiced law at Baker Botts LLP in Dallas and... Read More →
avatar for Naomi Narvaiz

Naomi Narvaiz

Member of the Texas State Republican Executive Committee
Narvaiz has served as the Texas State Republican Executive Committeewoman for Senate District 21 since 2012. She also serves as ethics review commissioner for the City of San Marcos. Narvaiz is the founder of the Hays County Republican Women's Club and the San Marcos Area Republican... Read More →
avatar for Eddie Rodriguez

Eddie Rodriguez

State Representative
Rodriguez, D-Austin, has represented House District 51 since 2003. He sits on the House Environmental Regulation, Redistricting, and State Affairs committees. He is also chairman of the House Farm-to-Table Caucus and vice chairman of the Mexican American Legislative Caucus. Additionally... Read More →
avatar for Burt Solomons

Burt Solomons

Former State Representative
Solomons is a real estate attorney and former member of the Texas House. While in the Legislature, he represented North Texas’ District 65 from 1995 to 2013 and served as chairman of the House Redistricting Committee. Solomons is also a former municipal judge for the cities of Carrollton... Read More →


Saturday September 23, 2017 4:25pm - 5:25pm
Rainey Hall, Jessen Auditorium 200 W. 21st St., Austin, Texas 78705