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Monday, December 2, 2013


Two days jammed full of politics, endorsements, candidates, education, and excitement mark the 2013 TMA Advocacy Retreat at the Barton Creek Resort in Austin. Hot breakout sessions include Putting on an Effective Fundraiser, First Tuesdays in the District, and Running for Office Yourself. Our noon luncheon Saturday honors those state lawmakers who stood the tallest for patients and physicians during the 2013 Texas Legislature. We’re excited about the TEXPAC Forums, where six of the seven candidates in the two most hotly contested statewide Republican primary races will share their views on medicine’s most important issues. Here’s who has lined up to speak:

  • For lieutenant governor: The incumbent, David Dewhurst; Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson; and Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples. State Sen. Dan Patrick (R-Houston) would not respond to our invitation.
  • For attorney general: State Rep. Dan Branch (R-Dallas), State Sen. Ken Paxton (R-McKinney), and Railroad Commissioner Barry Smitherman.

Registration is still open. Contact TEXPAC or La’Shauna Maxwell at lashauna.maxwell@texmed.org or (512) 370-1453 with any last-minute questions. I hope to see you there.

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