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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 CDT

Speakers Speak
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
avatar for Ross Ramsey

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
avatar for Ben Barnes

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 →
avatar for Pete Laney

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 →
avatar for Gib Lewis

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 →


Friday September 28, 2018 8:00am - 9:00am CDT
Texas Public Policy Foundation, Auditorium
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9:45am CDT

Where Did the Center Go?
There used to be a search for common ground in politics. It’s getting rarer by the day.

Moderators
avatar for Matthew Dowd

Matthew Dowd

Chief Political Analyst for ABC News
Dowd serves as chief political analyst for ABC News and is the founder of Paradox Capital, a social impact venture fund. Previously, he served as chief political strategist to former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2006 and President George W. Bush in 2004. Most recently... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Mickey Edwards

Mickey Edwards

Former U.S. Representative, R-Oklahoma
Edwards represented Oklahoma’s 5th Congressional District from 1977 to 1993 and served as chairman of the House Republican Policy Committee. He is currently the vice president of the Aspen Institute, where he directs a political leadership program for elected officials. Edwards... Read More →
avatar for Mike Rawlings

Mike Rawlings

Mayor of Dallas
Rawlings was first elected mayor of Dallas in 2011. As mayor, he has led initiatives to increase economic development in southern Dallas and to increase the city’s international profile. Previously, Rawlings served as chairman and managing partner at CIC Partners, a private equity... Read More →
avatar for Christine Todd Whitman

Christine Todd Whitman

Former Governor of New Jersey
Whitman is the former governor of New Jersey and was the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency under President George W. Bush. She currently serves as president of the Whitman Strategy Group, an environmental and energy consulting group. Whitman is the author of “It’s... Read More →


Friday September 28, 2018 9:45am - 10:45am CDT
The Driskill Hotel, Ballroom
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3:15pm CDT

Take the W
Twenty-five years ago this fall, George W. Bush began his successful campaign for governor of Texas. The rest, literally, is history.

Supported by Oncor

Moderators
avatar for Ross Ramsey

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
avatar for Dan Bartlett

Dan Bartlett

Executive Vice President of Corporate Affairs for Walmart
Bartlett has served as executive vice president of corporate affairs for Walmart since 2013, overseeing government relations, corporate communication and social responsibility initiatives. He was previously the president and CEO of Hill+Knowlton Strategies. Bartlett also served as... Read More →
avatar for Mark McKinnon

Mark McKinnon

Co-host of Showtime's The Circus
McKinnon has served as a commentator and a media adviser for numerous companies and candidates, including former Texas Gov. Ann Richards and former President George W. Bush. He is a cofounder of No Labels, an organization dedicated to promoting bipartisanship in politics. McKinnon... Read More →
avatar for Karl Rove

Karl Rove

Former White House Deputy Chief of Staff
Rove served as deputy chief of staff and senior adviser to President George W. Bush. He has served as a political strategist, advising numerous candidates including President Bush in his 1994 gubernatorial campaign. Rove is the co-founder of American Crossroads, a conservative super... Read More →
avatar for Margaret Spellings

Margaret Spellings

President of the University of North Carolina System
Spellings currently serves as president of the University of North Carolina System. She previously served as president of the George W. Bush Presidential Center, overseeing its economic growth, education and global health initiatives. Spellings also served as Secretary of Education... Read More →


Friday September 28, 2018 3:15pm - 4:15pm CDT
The Driskill Hotel, Ballroom
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Saturday, September 29
 

11:00am CDT

One on One with Steve Kornacki
The NBC News and MSNBC national political correspondent on his new book about the roots of polarization (spoiler: blame the ‘90s) and what the devil is happening in the 2018 elections.

This event is part of Open Congress, a free, open-to-the-public street festival held on Austin's historic Congress Ave. on Saturday, Sept. 29. RSVP to attend Open Congress here.

Moderators
avatar for Evan Smith

Evan Smith

CEO and Co-Founder 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 Steve Kornacki

Steve Kornacki

National Political Correspondent for NBC News and MSNBC
Steve Kornacki is a national political correspondent for NBC News and MSNBC. A former host of Up with Steve Kornacki and a co-host of The Cycle, Steve is now a regular substitute for Chris Matthews on Hardball and a mainstay of election night coverage. His first book, “The Red and... Read More →


Saturday September 29, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
NBC News & MSNBC South Tent, Open Congress

12:45pm CDT

Chasing Madam President
Two best-selling authors on the Hillary Clinton years — from within and without.

This event is part of Open Congress, a free, open-to-the-public street festival held on Austin's historic Congress Ave. on Saturday, Sept. 29. RSVP to attend Open Congress here.

Moderators
avatar for Emily Ramshaw

Emily Ramshaw

Editor-in-Chief of The Texas Tribune
Ramshaw oversees The Texas Tribune’s editorial, technology, events and audience-building operations. Under her leadership, the Tribune has won a Peabody Award, 10 national Edward R. Murrow Awards and top honors from the Online News Association. She is a member of the board of the... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Amy Chozick

Amy Chozick

Writer-at-Large for The New York Times
Chozick was the Times’ lead reporter covering Hillary Clinton and the Clinton presidential campaign, beginning in 2013. Prior to joining the Times, she served as a political reporter for The Wall Street Journal and covered both the Clinton and Obama presidential campaigns in 2008... Read More →
avatar for Jennifer Palmieri

Jennifer Palmieri

Former Director of Communications at the White House
Palmieri served as communications director for President Barack Obama from 2011 to 2015. Previously, she served as president of the Center for American Progress Action fund. Palmieri also served as director of communications for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign and as... Read More →


Saturday September 29, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm CDT
H+K Strategies North Tent, Open Congress

2:15pm CDT

1968
The most monumental political year of the modern era feels closer than half a century ago.

Moderators
avatar for Hendrik Hertzberg

Hendrik Hertzberg

Staff Writer and Senior Editor for The New Yorker and Editorial Director for The Nation Institute
Hertzberg, a longtime writer and editor at The New Yorker, has been President Jimmy Carter’s chief speechwriter, editor of The New Republic, and, back in 1968, a combination Naval officer and antiwar activist. Hertzberg is the author of "Politics: Observations & Arguments" and "Obamanos... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Luci Baines Johnson

Luci Baines Johnson

Daughter of President Lyndon B. Johnson
Johnson, the youngest daughter of President Lyndon B. Johnson, is a businesswoman and philanthropist, raising funds for the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and the American Heart Association. She serves on the board of the LBJ Foundation and is the founder and limited partner... Read More →
avatar for Chris Matthews

Chris Matthews

Author and Host of MSNBC’s “Hardball with Chris Matthews”
Matthews is an American political commentator, talk show host and best-selling author. Matthews began hosting his own talk show, “Hardball,” in 1997. Previously, he worked as a congressional aide, a presidential speechwriter and as the Washington bureau chief for the San Francisco... Read More →
avatar for Lawrence O’Donnell

Lawrence O’Donnell

Author and Host of MSNBC’s “The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell”
O’Donnell is an American television pundit, actor and host of “The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell.” Previously, he worked on staff for the U.S. Senate and as an executive producer and writer for the TV series “The West Wing,” for which he won an Emmy Award. O’Donnell... Read More →
avatar for Dan Rather

Dan Rather

Legendary Newsman and Founder of News & Guts Media
Rather is a journalist who served as anchor of CBS Evening News for 24 years, from 1981 to 2005. He joined CBS in 1961, working as a reporter and White House correspondent and later as host and co-editor of CBS’s “60 Minutes.” Since leaving CBS, Rather has released several books... Read More →


Saturday September 29, 2018 2:15pm - 3:15pm CDT
Central Presbyterian Church
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3:45pm CDT

XPOTUS
Two key members of Team Obama and a leading historian on building a post-presidency.

Moderators
avatar for Mark Updegrove

Mark Updegrove

President and CEO of the LBJ Foundation
Updegrove serves as president and CEO of the LBJ Foundation and is a presidential historian for ABC News. He previously served as director of the LBJ Presidential Library, where he hosted the library’s 2014 Civil Rights Summit featuring Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Douglas Brinkley

Douglas Brinkley

Professor of History at Rice University and CNN Presidential Historian
Brinkley is a professor of history and Baker Institute fellow at Rice University, presidential historian for CNN and a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and Audubon. He is the author of several award-winning books, including "The Great Deluge" and "Cronkite." Brinkley also served... Read More →
avatar for Valerie Jarrett

Valerie Jarrett

Former Senior Adviser to President Barack Obama
Jarrett served as senior adviser to President Obama and director of the Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs from 2009 to 2017. She previously served as co-chairwoman of the Obama- Biden transition team and as chairwoman of the White House Council on Women and... Read More →
avatar for David Simas

David Simas

CEO of the Obama Foundation
Simas is CEO of the Obama Foundation. He previously served as deputy assistant to President Barack Obama and director of opinion research for President Obama’s re-election campaign. Simas also served as director of the Office of Political Strategy under President Obama and deputy... Read More →


Saturday September 29, 2018 3:45pm - 4:45pm CDT
St. David's Episcopal Church, Bethel Hall
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