The Texas Public Policy Foundation’s annual Texas Policy Summit brings together the most influential thought leaders and policymakers for the premier policy gathering highlighting national, state, and local issues.  

Here is what you can expect on Day 1:  

Wednesday, March 1st  

10:00 AM Registration Opens  

11:30am-1:00pm Opening Keynote Lunch featuring Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, and a TED talk featuring TPPF’s Dr. Richard Johnson.  

1:30-2:45pm Concurrent Panels I 

ESG = Everyone’s Suffering Guaranteed 

Environmental, Social, and Governance investing is a pernicious way to block Americans’ access to reliable and affordable energy. Texas has taken the lead in recent years in prohibiting these efforts, but the radical environmentalists are fighting back. Find out what steps Texas can take to protect its place as the leading energy producer in the country. 


Jason Isaac, Director of TPPF’s Life:Powered (MODERATOR)  

Glenn Hegar, Texas Comptroller  

Texas State Sen. Bryan Hughes  

Improving Rural Health: Big Changes to Help Small Towns 

Rural areas in Texas struggle to attract doctors and other medical professionals. Panelists will discuss new opportunities to bring medical school graduates to underserved areas, while ensuring high standards are met. 


David Balat, Director of TPPF’s Right on Healthcare  

Si Cook, Executive Director of the Texas Farm Bureau  

Texas State Rep. Tom Oliverson, M.D.  

Parent Empowerment: Protecting Parents’ Rights to Determine Their Child’s Education 

Texas parents are more aware than ever that some schools are not providing the quality education they thought their children were supposed to be getting. Unfortunately, many parents found school officials unwilling to address their legitimate concerns. That has fueled the movement to improve and increase the options available to parents to ensure their children are receiving a quality education. Texas legislators and educations experts discuss the events of the past two years and the policies that will open up new options to empower all parents. 


Dr. Richard Johnson, Director of TPPF’s Booker T. Washington Initiative.  

Texas State Sen. Brandon Creighton  

Texas State Rep. Harold Dutton  

Texas State Sen. Angela Paxton  

3:15-4:30pm General Session  

Taking Charge: 20 Years of Conservative Leadership at the Capitol 

This year marks the twentieth anniversary of conservatives officially gaining the majority in the House. Panelists will look at the accomplishments, defeats, and history of the last two decades. 


Larry Taylor, TPPF Senior Fellow  

Texas State Rep. Tom Craddick 

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar  

Texas State Sen. Bryan Hughes  

4:30-5:30pm Cocktail Reception  

All TPS attendees are invited to this complimentary cocktail reception in the foyer of the Zlotnik Ballroom. 

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