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Sunday, September 29 • 9:15am - 10:15am
Turning Texas Blue

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One of the final sessions of the weekend, this panel will discuss the prospects of a Democratic comeback in Texas.

Moderators
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Evan Smith (mod.)

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

Speakers
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Jeremy Bird

Senior Adviser, Battleground Texas
Bird is the senior adviser and a founding partner of Battleground Texas, an organization working to register and mobilize Democratic voters in the state. He previously served as the national field director for President Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign and as deputy director of Organizing for America.
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Pete Gallego

U.S. Representative
Gallego, D-Alpine, was elected in 2012 to represent Congressional District 23, which spans 800 miles of the Texas-Mexico border. He serves on the House Armed Services and Agriculture committees. Before his election to Congress, he served for 22 years in the Texas House.
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Leticia Van de Putte

State Senator; Chairwoman of the Veterans Affairs and Military Installations Committee
Van de Putte, D-San Antonio, has represented District 26 in the Texas Senate since 1999. She chairs the Veteran Affairs and Military Installations Committee and sits on the Business and Commerce, Education, and State Affairs committees. Before her election to the Senate, Van de Putte served as a state representative.
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Bill White

Former U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy; Former Houston Mayor; 2010 Democratic Nominee for Texas Governor
White served as Houston's mayor from January 2004 until January 2010 and was the Democratic nominee for governor in 2010. He previously served as the U.S. deputy secretary of energy under President Bill Clinton. He is current chairman of Lazard Houston and has sat on numerous corporate and nonprofit boards.


Sunday September 29, 2013 9:15am - 10:15am
AT&T Center Salon C 1900 University Ave, Austin, TX 78705

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