Each year, the Texas Tribune Festival
brings together some of the biggest names in politics to explore the state's and nation's most pressing issues: public and higher ed, immigration, health care, transportation, energy, the environment, criminal justice and government transparency - all on the campus of The University of Texas at Austin.
The 2014 Texas Tribune Festival line-up included: Governor Rick Perry; U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz and John Cornyn; State Sens. Wendy Davis, Leticia Van De Putte, and Dan Patrick; Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst; former U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison; U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro; former U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman; former U.S. Trade Rep. Ron Kirk; former U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Tony Garza; annd MSNBC's Chris Hayes.
#TTFstudents at the Fest
Over 300 students from around the state of Texas attended the Festival. Student participants had access to special student-only events throughout the weekend, including the Pre-Festival Student Summit on Friday evening, where participants got to know each other and networked over free pizza provided by the New Politics Forum, and the #TTFstudents Lounge all day on Saturday, where students could pop in for phone charging, snacks, and meet & greets with some of the biggest stars of the weekend, including U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, and state Sens. Wendy Davis and Leticia Van de Putte.