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The 2018 Texas Tribune Festival is upon us! Join us Sept. 27-29 in downtown Austin for two days of unique perspectives, thoughtful conversation and networking — all in the shadow of the Texas Capitol. 

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Friday, September 28 • 10:30am - 11:30am
The Red Team

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Leading Republicans running for Congress on the politics of the moment, the issues of our time and what the next two years might look like.

Watch the Tribune’s Split Decision series featuring candidates in key 2018 election races.

Moderators
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Patrick Svitek

Political 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
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Dan Crenshaw

Republican Candidate for Texas' 2nd Congressional District
Crenshaw is the Republican nominee in Texas’ 2nd Congressional District in North Houston. He is a former Navy SEAL and retired lieutenant commander, and has served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Crenshaw holds a master’s in public administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of G... Read More →
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Chip Roy

Republican Candidate for Texas' 21st Congressional District
Roy is the Republican nominee for Texas’ 21st Congressional District. He previously served as vice president of strategy for the Texas Public Policy Foundation and director of the Center for the Tenth Amendment Action. Roy also served as the first assistant attorney general of Texas... Read More →
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Van Taylor

State Senator, R-Plano, and Republican Candidate for Texas' 3rd Congressional District
Taylor, R-Plano, has represented Senate District 8 since 2015. In 2017, he announced his resignation to seek the congressional seat being vacated by retiring U.S. Rep. Sam Johnson, R-Plano. Taylor previously served in the Texas House of Representatives. He also works as the director... Read More →
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Ron Wright

Republican Candidate for Texas' 6th Congressional District
Wright is the Republican nominee for Texas’ 6th Congressional District. He previously served as Tarrant County tax assessor-collector, a member of the Arlington City Council and chief of staff to U.S. Rep. Joe Barton. Wright has held leadership positions in the local Republican... Read More →