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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 • 8:00am - 9:00am
Speakers Speak

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Four former leaders of the Texas House on how the job has changed, the politics of winning and keeping it, and whether the power of the gavel has grown or waned.

Supported by AT&T, CenterPoint Energy, Oncor, H-E-B and Entergy

Moderators
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Ross Ramsey

Executive Editor of The Texas Tribune
Ramsey is the executive editor and co-founder of the Tribune, where he writes regular columns on politics, government and public policy. Before joining the Tribune, he served as editor and co-owner of Texas Weekly and as a reporter for the Houston Chronicle and the Dallas Times Herald... Read More →

Speakers
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Ben Barnes

Former Speaker of the Texas House and Former Lieutenant Governor of Texas
Barnes served as lieutenant governor of Texas from 1969 to 1973, the youngest person to hold the office. Prior to his election as lieutenant governor, he served as the youngest speaker of the Texas House of Representatives from 1965 to 1969. After leaving office, Barnes worked as... Read More →
avatar for Tom Craddick

Tom Craddick

State Representative, R-Midland, and Former Speaker of the Texas House
Craddick, R-Midland, has served in the Texas House of Representatives since 1969. From 2003 to 2009, he served as the first Republican speaker of the House from 2003 to 2009. Craddick serves on the House Energy Resources and State Affairs committees and is the owner of Craddick Properties... Read More →
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Pete Laney

Former Speaker of the Texas House
Laney, D-Hale County, served in the Texas House of Representatives from 1973 to 2007. In 1993, he was unanimously elected speaker of the Texas House, serving until 2003. During his tenure, Laney served as chair of the House Administration and State Affairs committees. He is a practicing... Read More →
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Gib Lewis

Former Speaker of the Texas House
Lewis, D-Tarrant County, served in the Texas House of Representatives from 1971 to 1993. He served five terms as speaker of the House from 1983 to 1993. During his tenure, Lewis served as chair of the House Intergovernmental Affairs and Natural Resources committees. He currently serves... Read More →