Welcome to the Lone Star Legislative Summit

We have all often heard it said -- it's hard to know where you’re going if you don't know where you've been.

This is true in life, as well as in history and politics, which is why we are excited to invite Texans from across the state to attend the Lone Star Legislative Summit in Nacogdoches on March 2nd and 3rd, 2016.

This year, the Summit coincides with Texas Independence Day and the Tricentennial of Nacogdoches, giving us a historical reference as we focus our perspective on the future of our region and state. More than 20 state officials have agreed to participate and delve into a range of issues from education to diversity to economic development to music and culture.

The Summit also immediately precedes the Nacogdoches Music Festival, which is scheduled from March 3rd to March 6th. We invite the Summit participants to stay for the music festival and enjoy the hospitality and cultural experience East Texas offers.

We hope to see you there,

Travis Clardy

Travis Clardy

Event Co-Host

House District 11

Robert Nichols

Robert Nichols

Event Co-Host

Senate District 3

Schedule of Events

Agenda for the Lone Star Legislative Summit

Day 1

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Day 2

Thursday, March 3, 2016

222 Vista Dr., Nacogdoches, TX 75962

Twilight Ballroom

A Vision for Public Education in Texas

Speaker: Mike Morath, Commissioner of the Texas Education Agency

Diversity and Race in Texas: Who were We, who are We, and who do We want to be?

Panelists: Sen. Charles Perry, Rep. Craig Goldman, Rep. Jason Isaac, Rep.Oscar Longoria, Rep.Senfonia Thompson, Rep. James White, Rep. Tony Rose
Moderator: Dr. Scott Sosebee, Associate Professor of History at SFASU and Executive Director East Texas Historical Association

Educating 21st Century Texans: Remembering the Alamo and Shooting for the Stars

Panelists: Sen. Larry Taylor, Rep. Trent Ashby, Rep. Marsha Farney, Rep. Ken King, Rep. John Zerwas
Moderator: Dr. Steven Bullard, Interim Provost at SFASU

300 Years Later - Still "Gone to Texas!"

Panelists: Sen. Brandon Creighton, Rep. Jim Murphy, Rep. Chris Paddie, Rep. Tan Parker, Rep. Ron Simmons, Rep. Larry Gonzales
Moderator: Tracye McDaniel, President & CEO of the Texas Economic Development Corp.

A Report on the Texas Economy from the State's CFO

Speaker: Glenn Hegar, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

Healthy, Wealthy & Wise - The Future of Healthcare in Texas

Panelists: Chris Traylor, Executive Commissioner of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, Sen. Sylvia Garcia, Sen. Lois Kolkhorst, Rep. Giovanni Capriglione, Rep. Donna Howard
Moderator: Scott Street, CEO of Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital

Roots, Boots, Blues and Rock: How Music Shapes Us as Texans

Panelists: Brendon Anthony, Director of the Texas Music Office, Office of the Governor, Sen. Kirk Watson, Rep. Kyle Kacal, Rep. Poncho Nevàrez, Rep. Richard Raymond
Moderator: Brad Maule, SFASU

Register Now

Ticket information will be posted soon. All events are open to the public. Panel discussion sessions are free to attend. Click the button below to register for the 2016 Lone Star Legislative Summit.


Stephen F. Austin State University