AUSTIN – Legendary National Football League coach Mike Ditka will deliver the keynote address at the opening luncheon of the Texas Public Policy Foundation’s 12th Annual Policy Orientation for the Texas Legislature.  The luncheon begins at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 8 in the Capitol Ballroom of the Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol. 

Mike Ditka is a former American football player, coach, and television commentator. Ditka coached the Chicago Bears for eleven years and New Orleans Saints for three. The only individual in modern NFL history to win a championship with the same team as a player and a head coach, Ditka’s influence extends well beyond football, as a popular cultural figure whose currency and relevance have persisted across four decades to the present day. 

The Foundation’s Policy Orientation for the Texas Legislature is an annual event that brings together lawmakers, policy experts, and citizens from across the political spectrum to discuss the most critical issues facing the Lone Star State and America.

Credentialed media organizations are welcome to attend and cover all of the Policy Orientation’s public events. All persons attending the conference (including reporters) must wear a TPPF-issued name badge to access any Policy Orientation events. To prevent unnecessary delays at the conference registration desk, we encourage all reporters planning to attend the conference to register in advance via the Policy Orientation registration page:

Additionally, reporters covering the keynote speeches should be positioned in the ballroom 30 minutes prior to the listed start time.


The Texas Public Policy Foundation is a non-profit, free-market research institute based in Austin. 

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