Wednesday, July 6, 2022
11:30 am - 1:30 pm

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

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


When President Trump promised to “drain the swamp,” he rallied a nation tired of lobbyists, politicians, and bureaucrats that seemed more interested in creating regulations, catering to special interest groups, and pursuing their own self-interest rather than faithfully representing the American people. However, there is much unexplained about the “swamp,” – how did it come to be? How can it be fully drained? What worked, and what didn’t? Join with TPPF’s Chuck DeVore as he hosts a candid discussion and book signing with Larry Schweikart, author of “Dragonslayers: Six Presidents and Their War with the Swamp.” Schweikart is an expert in the history of attempts to combat DC’s entrenched politicians, lobbyists, and bureaucrats and provides a unique perspective and view on the history of the Swamp.

Complimentary lunch will be provided for in-person attendees, and a book sale and signing will be hosted by the author following the program. You are also welcome to tune in to the event online via livestream.


  • The Honorable Chuck DeVore (Moderator) – Chief National Initiatives Officer, Texas Public Policy Foundation
  • Larry Schweikart (Guest) – Author, “Dragonslayers: Six Presidents and Their War with the Swamp”


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

The livestream can be viewed Wednesday, 7/6 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

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*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.