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2022 Mike Rawlings Endowed Lecture: The American Middle
with former Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, former Speaker of Texas House of Representatives Joe Straus, and VP & Editorial Page Editor at the Dallas Morning News Rudy Bush

Thursday, December 1, 2022 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

The American Middle

The political polarization of America in 2022 is not a new phenomenon, but what is often missing is the political will to find a middle ground. Even while in fierce opposition to the policies of President Ronald Reagan, who was swept into office in a landslide, Democrat House Speaker Tip O’Neill said, “In the best interest of America, the hand of cooperation ought to go out.” Last year, the Pew Research Center found that 86% of Trump supporters and 89% of Biden supporters wanted their elected official to address the needs of all Americans “even if it means disappointing some of his supporters.”

Join us for the Mike Rawlings Endowed Lecture at the Hilton Anatole on the evening of December 1 as Democrat Mayor Mike Rawlings, Republican and former Texas Speaker of the House Joe Straus, and Rudy Bush of the Dallas Morning News discuss how to slow the polarization of our electorate and find a middle ground where opposition does not become obstruction.

About our Speakers:

The Honorable Mike Rawlings HeadshotThe Honorable Mike Rawlings was the longest serving Mayor of Dallas (2011-2019) in over 50 years. This annual lecture was created to honor him for his service to our city, and especially for his success in raising the city’s international prominence. Rawlings is a founding partner of CIC Partners, its current vice-chairman, and has been with the firm since its inception in 2004. He is a graduate of Boston College.

The Honorable Joe StrausThe Honorable Joe Straus served as Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives from 2009 until 2019, the longest-serving Republican Speaker in Texas history. A native of San Antonio and a fifth-generation Texan, Speaker Straus began attending Republican meetings as a child with his mother, Joci Straus, who played a key role in building the Texas Republican Party in the second half of the 20th century. A graduate of Vanderbilt University, Speaker Straus served in the administrations of Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. He represented northeaster Bexar County in the Texas House for 14 years.

About the Moderator:

Rudy Bush Headshot 2022Rudolph Bush became editorial page editor and vice president at the Dallas Morning News in 2022 after serving as deputy editorial page editor. He previously served as deputy editorial page editor, Dallas City Hall and investigative reporter, and city desk news editor. Bush covered crime and the federal courts at the Chicago Tribune and later became a national correspondent in the newspaper’s Washington Bureau. He has an M.A. and an M.B.A. from the University of Dallas, where he served as the director of journalism from 2014-2022.

About the Presenter:

Julieta Chiquillo HeadshotJulieta Chiquillo is the deputy editorial page editor for The Dallas Morning News. She is a native of El Salvador who studied journalism at Texas Christian University. She joined the DMN in 2010 covering the suburbs of North Texas where she profiled community leaders, reported on budget hearings, and zoning debates. Three years later, Chiquillo moved to the Collin County bureau’s where her watchdog reporting led to national headlines. Her byline appeared twice in the News’ 2017 Pulitzer-nominated coverage of the Dallas police ambush. Chiquillo joined the editorial board in 2020 where she writes about a variety of issues, but her passion is about the local government and making it work for everyday Texans.

Founding Donors:

Billingsley Company, The Beck Group, Crow Holdings, HALL Group, Tim Headington & Headington Companies, KDC Real Estate Development, and Laura & Jack Matthews

Continued Support Provided by:

Doug Chestnut, Jill & Michael Dardick, Frank Mihalopoulos, Herb Weitzman, and Abigail & Todd Williams

Presented in partnership with:

Dallas Morning News,

Location: Hilton Anatole – Stemmons Ballroom
2201 N Stemmons Fwy
Dallas, TX 75207
Fees: $38 WACDFW Members
$38 DMN Members
$53 Non-Members
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