Watson to give afternoon keynote at Austin legislative conference
State Senator Kirk Watson will provide the afternoon keynote at the Biennial Legislative Communication Conference at The University of Texas at Austin on Oct. 13. Attendance is limited and those wishing to attend should register now atlbj.utexas.edu/legislativecommunication
Watson has represented Travis and Bastrop Counties in the Texas Senate since 2007 and he is the former mayor of Austin. He will offer conference goers his distinct “Hometown Perspective” in regard to legislative communication.
Watson serves on the Senate committees overseeing finance, business and commerce, nominations and higher education. He is also a member of the Texas Sunset Commission. He served as chairman of the Texas Senate Democratic Caucus and has been chair of the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce and the Texas Advisory Board for the Environmental Defense Fund.
In 2011, Watson laid out a vision for the Austin community to achieve “10 goals in 10 years” that resulted in numerous initiatives, including building of the Dell Medical School and a new teaching and safety net hospital.
The conference, sponsored since 1998 by the LBJ School of Public Affairs and Strategic Partnerships, Inc., will offer fact-based predictions for the 2017 session. Attendees will hear about the issues statewide elected officials expect to champion, get tips on working successfully with elected leaders in the Texas House of Representatives and Senate and network with government executives.
Speakers are still being scheduled. Confirmed presenters include Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts Glenn Hegar, Representative John Otto, Chief of Staff for the Office of the Governor Daniel Hodge, Chief of Staff for the Office of the Lt. Governor Logan Spence, Chief of Staff for the Office of the Speaker of the House Patricia Shipton, Budget Director for the Office of the Lt. Governor Mike Morrissey, Director of Budget and Policy for the Office of the Speaker of the House Andrew Blifford, Legislative Budget Board Director Ursula Parks, Executive Director of the Employees Retirement System of Texas Porter Wilson, Texas Health and Human Services Commissioner Charles Smith, Texas Department of Motor Vehicles Executive Director Whitney Brewster, Texas Monthly Senior Editor Erica Grieder and The Texas Tribune Executive Editor Ross Ramsey.
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