Thursday, May 5, 2022
11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Texas Public Policy Foundation
901 Congress Avenue | Austin, TX 78701
Online via Livestream

Miss the event? Click here to view the video recording.


As we navigate the tumultuous waters of our political reality, it behooves us to lean on the expertise, experience, and wisdom of those who have successfully done so before. On Thursday, May 5th, TPPF’s Distinguished Senior Fellow Sherry Sylvester will have a candid discussion with the legendary former Texas Congressman Lamar Smith about what he sees in Congress today and what he believes will be the best path forward.

The Honorable Lamar Smith faithfully represented the Texas 21st District in Congress for 32 years, during which he moved Texas and the nation forward with visionary legislation on issues ranging from space age development to patent protection and tax reform. Congressman Smith is the only Texas Congressman to have chaired 3 committees during his tenure, and, in 2019, he was named the Texan of the Year by the Texas Legislative Council. After his service to the Lone Star State in Congress, Congressmen Smith worked for a time as a journalist and has been a longtime critic of media bias.

Join with us as we tap into the wisdom and experience of this legendary Texan. Complimentary lunch will be provided for in-person attendees.



  • 11:30AM-12PM – Guest Check-In and Lunch (in-person only)
  • 12-1PM – Event Program/Livestream + Audience Q&A (in-person and online)

The livestream can be viewed Thursday, 5/5 at 12PM CT via the following links. Watch via YouTube to submit your questions during the live Q&A.


Please see the parking options below and click here for a parking map:

  • Metered parking – pay per minute/hour Congress Avenue – 9th Street and surrounding streets
  • Peak Parking LLC – $6.00 for first 30 minutes then $3.00 for each additional 30 minutes176 E 9th St, Austin, TX 78701
  • Capitol Tower – $9.00 per hour – 206 E 9th Street, Austin, TX 78701

*There are two RSVP Options: 1) In-Person (TPPF Theater), and 2) Virtual (Livestream). When you RSVP, you will receive more event information and a reminder before the event.