We hope to see you at the fourth annual Texas Tribune Festival, taking place over three days on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin.

This year's programming will include debates and discussion on Texas' most important topics: criminal justice, the environment, health care, higher and public education, immigration, energy, and transportation, as well as keynote addresses from today's biggest political players. We've also added a new track, open government, dedicated to transparency and accountability.

Register now. Discounts are available for students and educators. Or you can volunteer and attend for free!


Traveling to join us at The Texas Tribune Festival this year? Book your hotel room at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center, the official hotel of the Festival. 

A limited number of rooms are available at a special rate of $199 per night for Festival registrants and they are likely to sell out, so we encourage you to book your hotel when you register.

These rooms can only be reserved through the TribFest Housing Desk after you have registered for the conference.

For questions about housing and hotels, email [email protected]


The fourth annual Texas Tribune Festival is just around the corner, and this year’s programming lineup is only getting better.

This week, we are excited to announce the participation of state Sen. Dan Patrick, the Republican nominee for lieutenant governor, in our keynote track. He and his Democratic challenger, state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, will take part in individual interviews that you won’t want to miss!

In addition, the Festival is excited to welcome U.S. Rep. Roger Williams; Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum; and state Rep. Sarah Davis to this year’s lineup. To stay up to date on our programming announcements, check back weekly and follow #TribuneFest on Twitter and Facebook!

Look for our full Festival lineup on Aug. 15, and register today for the best rate!

New Event Announcement

Franklin Barbecue Feast With MSNBC’s Chris Hayes
Saturday, Sept. 20, 6:30-8:30pm. $250.

Skip the line and join us at legendary Franklin Barbecue — winner of Texas Monthly’s coveted “Best Barbecue Joint in Texas” award — for an intimate dinner and a lively discussion about the upcoming election with Chris Hayes, host of MSNBC’s All In with Chris Hayes and editor-at-large of The Nation. This event is not included in the regular Festival badge and requires an extra ticket. Barbecue and beer are included with the ticket price of $250.

Purchase your ticket when you register but hurry as space is extremely limited.  Tickets on sale now.

New Speakers Announced!

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, and state Sen. Wendy Davis, the Democratic nominee for governor, are among the more than 50 additions to the lineup of state and federal politicians, agency heads, prominent thinkers and policy experts confirmed as speakers this year's event.

Confirmed speakers as of July 1, 2014

  • David Alameel, Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate
  • State Rep. Carol Alvarado, D-Houston; vice chairwoman of the House Urban Affairs Committee
  • Hope Andrade, Texas workforce commissioner
  • David Anthony, CEO, Raise Your Hand Texas
  • George Antuna, co-founder, Hispanic Republicans of Texas
  • U.S. Rep. Joe Barton, R-Ennis
  • Erika Beltran, Democratic candidate for the State Board of Education
  • Doyle Beneby, president and CEO of CPS Energy
  • Malachi Boyuls, founding partner at St. Augustine Capital
  • State Rep. Dan Branch, R-Dallas; chairman of the House Higher Education Committee
  • Bill Bradley, former U.S. senator from New Jersey
  • Jeff Brown, Texas Supreme Court justice
  • Steve Brown, Democratic candidate for railroad commissioner
  • U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess, R-Lewisville
  • Juan Cabrera, superintendent of the El Paso Independent School District 
  • State Rep. Giovanni Capriglione, R-Southlake
  • Eva DeLuna Castro, senior budget analyst at the Center for Public Policy Priorities
  • U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio
  • Julián Castro, mayor of San Antonio
  • Henry Cisneros, former mayor of San Antonio
  • Jim Clancy, chairman of the Texas Ethics Commission
  • State Rep. Garnet Coleman, D-Houston, chairman of the House County Affairs Committee
  • Mike Collier, Democratic nominee for Texas comptroller
  • U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas
  • Tricia Cortez, executive director of the Rio Grande International Study Center
  • Christi Craddick, Texas railroad commissioner
  • Paul Cruz, interim superintendent of the Austin Independent School District 
  • U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas
  • U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo
  • State Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth; candidate for Texas governor
  • State Rep. Joe Deshotel, D-Beaumount, co-chairman of the Joint Interim Committee to Study a Coastal Barrier System
  • State Rep. Dawnna Dukes, D-Austin
  • State Sen. Bob Deuell, R-Greenville; vice chairman of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee
  • David R. Dow, founder of the Texas Innocence Network; distinguished professor at the University of Houston Law Center
  • Robert Eckels, president, Texas Central Railway
  • State Sen. Rodney Ellis, D-Houston, chairman of the Senate Open Government Committee
  • U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Corpus Christi
  • U.S. Rep. Bill Flores, R-Waco
  • U.S. Rep. Pete Gallego, D-Alpine
  • Adrian Garcia, Harris County sheriff
  • Juliet García, president, the University of Texas at Brownsville
  • Antonio Garza, former U.S. ambassador to Mexico
  • State Rep. Charlie Geren, R-Fort Worth, chairman of the House Administration Committee
  • Brett Giroir, CEO of the Texas A&M University Health Science Center
  • Russell Gold, senior energy reporter, The Wall Street Journal
  • U.S. Rep. Kay Granger, R-Fort Worth
  • U.S. Rep. Gene Green, D-Houston
  • Paul Green, Texas Supreme Court justice
  • Eva Guzman, Texas Supreme Court justice
  • Maggie Haberman, senior political reporter, Politico
  • Bill Hammond, president and CEO, Texas Association of Business
  • State Sen. Kelly Hancock, R-Fort Worth; vice chairman of the Senate Economic Development Committee
  • Chris Hayes, host, All In With Chris Hayes
  • Nathan Hecht, chief justice of the Texas Supreme Court
  • State Sen. Glenn Hegar, R-Katy, Republican nominee for Texas comptroller
  • Mike Heiligenstein, executive director of the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority
  • Nia-Malika Henderson, national political reporter, Washington Post
  • State Rep. Abel Herrero, D-Robstown; chairman of the House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee
  • Sam Houston, Democratic candidate for Texas attorney general
  • State Rep. Donna Howard, D-Austin, vice chairwoman of the House Administration Committee
  • Stephanie Bond Huie, vice chancellor for the Office of Strategic Initiatives at the University of Texas System 
  • State Rep. Dan Huberty, R-Houston
  • State Sen. Joan Huffman, R-Houston; vice chairwoman of the Senate Criminal Justice Committee
  • Laura Huffman, Texas state director, The Nature Conservancy
  • Woody Hunt, chairman of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board's Higher Education Strategic Planning Committee
  • Jon M. Huntsman Jr., former U.S. ambassador to China; former Utah governor 
  • Kay Bailey Hutchison, former U.S. senator from Texas
  • Kyle Janek, executive commissioner of Texas Health and Human Services
  • Clay Jenkins, Dallas County judge
  • Clay Johnston, dean of the Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin
  • Dan Jones, president and CEO of Texas A&M University-Commerce
  • Kathryn Kase, executive director of the Texas Defender Service
  • State Rep. Jim Keffer, R-Eastland, chairman of the House Energy Resources Committee
  • Renu Khator, president, the University of Houston; chancellor, the University of Houston System
  • State Rep. Tracy King, D-Batesville; chairman of the House Agriculture and Livestock Committee
  • State Rep. Matt Krause, R-Fort Worth
  • David Lakey, commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services
  • Joe Larsen, First Amendment lawyer at Sedgwick LLP; board member at the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas
  • Lee Leffingwell, mayor of Austin
  • Marc Levin, director of the Center for Effective Justice at the Texas Public Policy Foundation
  • Julie Linn, executive director, Texans for Education Reform
  • Tom Luce, president of the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute
  • Nelda Martinez, mayor of Corpus Christi
  • James Marston, vice president for U.S. climate and energy, Environmental Defense Fund
  • Jonathan Martin, national political correspondent, The New York Times
  • Former state Rep.
  • Brandy Marty, Texas public utility commissioner
  • Brian McCall, chancellor, the Texas State University System
  • Kay McClenney, director of the Center for Community College Student Engagement at the University of Texas at Austin
  • Mark McKinnon, Texas co-chairman, Freedom to Marry
  • Sue McMillin, president and CEO of the Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation
  • Sid Miller, R-Stephenville; Republican candidate for Texas agriculture commissioner
  • Bill Meadows, chairman of the Commission for High Speed Rail in the Dallas/Fort Worth Region
  • Jamie Merisotis, president and CEO of Lumina Foundation
  • Mike Miles, superintendent of the Dallas Independent School District 
  • Ellen Miller, executive director of the Sunlight Foundation
  • Tedd Mitchell, president of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
  • Jerry Morales, mayor of Midland
  • Diana Natalicio, president, the University of Texas at El Paso
  • State Sen. Robert Nichols, R-Jacksonville, chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee
  • Dennis E. Nixon, CEO and chairman of the International Bank of Commerce 
  • U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso
  • Angela Oriano, executive director of the Texas Success Center at the Texas Association of Community Colleges
  • Raymund Paredes, Texas commissioner of higher education
  • Jerry Patterson, Texas land commissioner
  • State Rep. Larry Phillips, R-Sherman, chairman of the House Transportation Committee
  • State Rep. Joe Pickett, D-El Paso, chairman of the House Select Committee on Transportation Funding
  • State Rep. Jim Pitts, R-Waxahachie, chairman of the House Appropriations Committee
  • Daniel Podolsky, president of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
  • Bill Powers, president of the University of Texas at Austin
  • Robert Puente, CEO, San Antonio Water System
  • Gaby Pacheco, program director at The Dream.US
  • Gov. Rick Perry
  • Matt Powell, Lubbock County district attorney
  • John Ratcliffe, Republican candidate for Congress
  • Kasim Reed, mayor of Atlanta
  • Lizzette Gonzalez Reynolds, chief deputy commissioner of the Texas Education Agency
  • Richard Rhodes, president and CEO, Austin Community College
  • State Sen. José Rodríguez, D-El Paso, vice chairman of the Senate Jurisprudence Committee
  • Wynn Rosser, executive director of the Greater Texas Foundation 
  • Carlos Rubinstein, chairman of the Texas Water Development Board
  • Andrew Sansom, executive director of the Meadows Center for Water and the Environment, Texas State University
  • Jim Sartwelle, director of public policy at the Texas Farm Bureau
  • Hadassah Schloss, open records coordinator at the General Land Office
  • State Sen. Kel Seliger, R-Amarillo, chairman of the Senate Higher Education Committee
  • John Sharp, chancellor, Texas A&M University System
  • Daniel H. Sharphorn, interim vice chancellor and general counsel, the University of Texas System
  • State Rep. David Simpson, R-Longview
  • Ryan Sitton, Republican candidate for Texas railroad commissioner
  • Barry Smitherman, chairman of the Texas Railroad Commission
  • Todd Staples, Texas commissioner of agriculture
  • State Rep. Jonathan Stickland, R-Bedford
  • State Rep. Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, speaker of the Texas House of Representatives
  • Javier Treviño, Mexican congressman from the state of Nuevo León
  • State Sen. Carlos Uresti, D-San Antonio; vice chairman of the Senate Agriculture, Rural Affairs and Homeland Security Committee
  • State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio, Democratic nominee for Texas lieutenant governor
  • Jennifer Vanos, assistant professor of atmospheric science at Texas Tech University
  • State Rep. Jason Villalba, R-Dallas
  • Lynda Villanueva, vice president of academic and student affairs at Brazosport College
  • State Rep. Mike Villarreal, D-San Antonio, chairman of the House Investments and Financial Services Committee
  • State Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin, vice chairman of the Senate Higher Education Committee
  • David Watts, president of the University of Texas of the Permian Basin 
  • Michael Webber, deputy director of the Energy Institute and co-director of the Clean Energy Incubator at the University of Texas at Austin
  • Dave Weigel, political reporter, Slate
  • State Rep. James White, R-Woodville; vice chairman of the House Corrections Committee
  • Don Willett, Texas Supreme Court justice
  • Marc Williams, director of planning at the Texas Department of Transportation
  • Gregory Williams, president of Odessa College
  • Michael Williams, Texas commissioner of education
  • Tommy Williams, vice chancellor of the Texas A&M University System; former state senator, R-The Woodlands
  • Steve Wolens, former state representative, D-Dallas
  • Ana Yáñez-Correa, executive director of the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition

Disclosure: Though donors and corporate sponsors underwrite our events, they play no role in determining the content, panelists or line of questioning.

A Look Back to 2013: Keynotes

You can now watch videos from all of the keynote sessions, including interviews with U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, state Sen. Wendy Davis; a panel discussion with Battleground Texas senior adviser Jeremy Bird, state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte and former Houston Mayor Bill White; and discussions with House Speaker Joe Straus and Texas first lady Anita Perry. 


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