The Texas Tribune Festival is one of the nation’s largest, most buzzworthy political gatherings. Our three-day festival brings Texans together to address the politics and policy that affect our communities, our schools, our work and our daily lives. We hope you will join us.
Back To Schedule
Saturday, September 28 • 10:45am - 11:45am
The Blue Team

Log in to save this to your schedule, view media, leave feedback and see who's attending!

The major Democratic hopefuls for the U.S. Senate on the case for defeating John Cornyn — and each other

avatar for Patrick Svitek

Patrick Svitek

Political Reporter at The Texas Tribune
Svitek covers politics for the Tribune and has served as editor of The Blast, the Tribune's subscription-only daily newsletter for political insiders. Previously, he worked for the Houston Chronicle’s Austin bureau and interned at The Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, Huffington... Read More →

avatar for Chris Bell

Chris Bell

Former U.S. Representative and Democratic Candidate for U.S. Senate
Bell, D-Houston, announced his run for the U.S. Senate in July, challenging current U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas. Previously, he served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2003 to 2005, was a gubernatorial nominee in 2006 and ran for mayor of Houston in 2015. Bell also has... Read More →
avatar for Amanda Edwards

Amanda Edwards

Houston City Councilwoman and Democratic Candidate for U.S. Senate
Edwards is a Houston city councilwoman and a Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, announcing her run for the seat currently held by Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, in July. During her time on the city council, she has led a number of initiatives, including the mayor’s Technology & Innovation... Read More →
avatar for MJ Hegar

MJ Hegar

Democratic Candidate for U.S. Senate
Hegar announced her candidacy for U.S. Senate in April 2019, challenging U.S. Sen. John Cornyn. She is a retired Air Force officer and recipient of the Purple Heart. In 2012, she successfully sued the Department of Defense to repeal the Ground Combat Exclusion Policy, which prevented... Read More →
avatar for Cristina Tzintzún Ramirez

Cristina Tzintzún Ramirez

Founder and Executive Director of Jolt Texas and Democratic Candidate for U.S. Senate
Tzintzún Ramirez is founder and executive director of Jolt Texas, a Latino civic advocacy and leadership organization. She announced her candidacy for U.S. Senate in August 2019. She is also a co-founder of the Workers Defense Project, a worker’s rights organization focusing on... Read More →
avatar for Royce West

Royce West

State Senator and Democratic Candidate for U.S. Senate
West, D-Dallas, has represented Senate District 23 since 1993. He serves as vice chair of the Senate Higher Education Committee and sits on the Education, Finance and Transportation committees. West was also appointed to serve on the Supreme Court of Texas Permanent Judicial Commission... Read More →

Saturday September 28, 2019 10:45am - 11:45am CDT
The Driskill Hotel, Ballroom