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Astronauts Panel Confirmed for Legislative Conference

Published Friday, February 7, 2020 2:00pm

The Chamber’s 54th Annual Texas Legislative Conference will be held March 26-27 in the New Braunfels Civic Convention Center. The event includes a Texan of the Year Reception on Thursday evening and a half-day conference on Friday.

The culmination of the Conference will be a featured panel, The Future of Space Exploration, and will include two former astronauts and the Apollo Flight Director. Panelists are:

  • Brig. Gen. Charles Duke, Apollo 16 Lunar Module Pilot, Apollo 11 Capcom and 2020 Texan of the Year
  • Daniel Brandenstein who piloted one Space Shuttle mission and commanded three others, including the maiden flight of Endeavour, and later served as chief of the Astronaut Office and United Space Alliance Executive Vice President and COO
  • Gerry Griffin, Flight Director for all Apollo manned missions and former Director of the Johnson Space Center

The current Johnson Space Center Director, Mark Geyer, has been invited to moderate the panel. The featured panel will take place during lunch, preceded by three other high profile panels: The Role of Science in Our Economy, Future Infrastructure Solutions for Texas, and Census 2020: Impact on Future Elections & Funding.

Confirmed panelists include Senator Kelly Hancock, Senate Transportation Committee Vice Chair, ABC News Chief Political Analyst Matthew Dowd, Texas Tribune Executive Editor & Co-Founder Ross Ramsey, Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas CEO Wayne Roberts, and Texas Central Rail Managing Director Holly Reed.

The Conference begins Thursday evening with a reception honoring 2020 Texan of the Year Charles Duke. The reception includes a VIP hour, heavy hors d’oeuvres, an open bar, and the presentation of the award. Former Congressman Lamar Smith, 2019 Texan of the Year and former Chair of the House Space, Science, and Technology Committee, will provide Duke’s introduction.

Tickets are available for purchase at or below. An Associate Sponsorship provides four tickets to both the conference and the reception at a discounted price, along with sponsor recognition. The deadline for sponsors to be included in the printed brochure is Friday, February 14.

Contact Jenna Vinson at 830-625-2385 or for more information.

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