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LU hosts conversations series with Reps. Deshotel, Ritter and White

Lamar University will host “A Conversation with Reps. Joe Deshotel, Allan Ritter and James White,” presented by The Texas Tribune, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, at the University Reception Center.

Deshotel, Ritter and White will speak about the 83rd legislative session in an in-depth discussion as part of a conversation series moderated by Evan Smith, CEO and editor-in-chief of The Texas Tribune.

Lamar’s University Reception Center is on the eighth floor of the Mary and John Gray Library.

The event is free and open to the public and a complimentary lunch will be served.

Deshotel, D-Beaumont, is an attorney and businessman who was first elected to represent House District 22 in 1999. The Beaumont native chairs the Land and Resource Management Committee and serves on the Public Education and Redistricting committees. He is an alumnus of and previously served as vice president for administration and legal counsel for Lamar University.

Ritter, R-Nederland, has represented House District 21 since 1999. He serves as the chairman of the Natural Resources Committee and sits on the Ways and Means Committee. He is president of Ritter Lumber Company. 

James White, R-Woodville, was first elected in 2010 in House District 12 and then re-elected in 2012 to HD 19 serving Tyler, Polk, Jasper, Newton and Hardin counties. He is a member of the House County Affairs and Corrections Committees. White is a native Texan, veteran and currently maintains a small cattle ranch and teaches high school.

The conversation series is sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas. The Feb. 19 event is hosted by Lamar University and supported by Texas Mutual Insurance, AT&T, BP, Christus Health and Texas A&M University. Tribune events are also supported through contributions from its founding investors and members.

To reserve a seat, visit, email or call (512) 716-8641.