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Saturday, September 28 • 4:25pm - 5:25pm
The Fight Over Guns

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Moderators
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Jay Root (mod.)

Reporter, The Texas Tribune
Root served as Austin bureau chief of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram for a dozen years and covered politics and the Legislature for The Associated Press before joining the staff of the Tribune. Root is the author of “Oops! A Diary From The 2012 Campaign Trail,” an insider’s account of Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s dramatic collapse in the 2012 presidential race.

Speakers
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Brian Birdwell

State Senator; Vice Chairman of the Veteran Affairs and Military Installations Committee
Birdwell, R-Granbury, was has represented District 22 in the Texas Senate in 2010. He serves as vice chairman of the Veteran Affairs and Military Installations Committee and sits on the Higher Education, Government Organization and Economic Development committees, as well as the Sunset Advisory Commission. Birdwell is a U.S. Army veteran.
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Pia Carusone

Executive Director, Americans for Responsible Solutions
Carusone serves as the executive director for Americans for Responsible Solutions, a nonprofit organization that advocates for solutions to prevent gun violence. Previously, she served as U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ chief of staff when Giffords was injured in 2011. She also served as assistant secretary for public affairs with the Department of Homeland Security.
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Jerry Patterson

Texas Land Commissioner; 2014 Candidate for Lieutenant Governor
Patterson, who is running for lieutenant governor, has served as land commissioner since 2003. He previously represented District 11 for two terms in the Texas Senate, where he served as chairman of the Veteran Affairs Committee. Patterson is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps.
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José Rodríguez

State Senator; Vice Chairman of the Jurisprudence Committee
Rodríguez, D-El Paso, has represented District 29 in the Texas Senate since 2011. In addition to serving as vice chairman of the Jurisprudence Committee, he sits on the Criminal Justice, Government Organization, and Veteran Affairs and Military Installations committees. Before his election to the Texas Senate, Rodríguez served as the El Paso County Attorney for 17 years.
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Jason Villalba

State Representative
Villalba, R-Dallas, represents District 114 in the Texas House. He sits on the Redistricting, Environmental Regulation, and Business & Industry committees. In his first term, Villalba passed The Protection of Texas Children Act providing additional security options for Texas schools. He also serves on the boards of the Dallas Zoo and Dallas Children’s Trust.


Saturday September 28, 2013 4:25pm - 5:25pm
AT&T Center Conference Rm. 301

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