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The Future of the Republican Party -- a Panel Discussion

Wed April 23, 2008 at UT Club

The Center for Politics and Governance presented The Future of the Republican Party panel discussion featuring David Frum, author and noted conservative columnist; former Congressman and co-founder of the Heritage Foundation Mickey Edwards; Justice Dale Wainwright of the Texas Supreme Court; Ted Cruz, the Solicitor General of the State of Texas; and Dr. Rosemary Edwards, chair-elect of the Travis County Republican Party.

More on the Panelists:

David Frum is the author of five books, including two New York Times best sellers, The Right Man: The Surprise Presidency of George W. Bush (2003) and An End to Evil: What’s Next in the War on Terror, co-authored with Richard Perle. Frum is a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and writes a daily column for National Review Online. He contributes frequently to the editorial pages of the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal as well as to Great Britain’s Daily Telegraph and Canada’s National Post. He appears regularly on CNN, Fox News, and the BBC. In 2001-2002, David served as a speechwriter and special assistant to President George W. Bush.

Mickey Edwards is a lecturer in public and international affairs at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School. Before coming to Princeton he taught for 11 years at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government, where he was the John Quincy Adams Lecturer in Legislative Practice. Edwards has also been a visiting lecturer at the Harvard Law School and a visiting professor at Georgetown University's Public Policy Institute. Before beginning a teaching career, Edwards was a member of Congress for 16 years and was a member of the House Republican Leadership, a member of the Appropriations and Budget Committees, and the ranking member of the House subcommittee on foreign operations. Edwards is also a co-founder of the Heritage Foundation and a former national chairman of the American Conservative Union.

Justice Dale Wainwright was elected to the Supreme Court of Texas on November 5, 2002, after serving as presiding judge of the 334th Civil District Court in Harris County. Prior to his election to the Supreme Court, he was appointed to the civil district court in 1999 by Governor George W. Bush. Before his appointment to the bench, Justice Wainwright practiced in the trial sections of the firms of Haynes and Boone and Andrews & Kurth in Houston. He earned his law degree from the University of Chicago Law School, studied at the London School of Economics and earned his undergraduate degree from Howard University, summa cum laude, and serves on the Visiting Committees of the University of Chicago Law School and South Texas College of Law. He was valedictorian of his high school graduating class.

Ted Cruz serves as the Solicitor General of Texas. Appointed by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott in January 2003, he is the chief appellate lawyer for the State of Texas. Ted is the first Hispanic Solicitor General in Texas and, when appointed, was the youngest Solicitor General in the United States. Ted has authored over seventy U.S. Supreme Court briefs and presented twenty-eight oral arguments, including seven in the U.S. Supreme Court. For four consecutive years, he has won the Best Brief Award by the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG), for best U.S. Supreme Court brief in 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2006.

Prior to his current position, Ted served as the Director of the Office of Policy Planning for the Federal Trade Commission, as Associate Deputy Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice, and as Department of Justice Coordinator for the Bush Transition Team. In November and December 2000, he helped assemble the Bush legal team, devise legal strategy, and draft pleadings in the Florida and U.S. Supreme Courts during the Florida presidential recount.

Dr. Rosemary Edwards is the chair-elect of the Travis County Republican Party. Dr. Edwards? election to the chair comes after two decades of experience with Republican campaigns at the state and local level. Her experience includes stints as election clerk, convention delegate, and precinct chair. Outside of politics, Dr. Edwards is a medical practice consultant where she is currently expanding a medical practice in Corpus Christi.

Dr. Edwards holds a B.S. in Psychology and Speech Communications from Murray State University and a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Business Management from the University of South Carolina.

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