Keynote Address at Program Committees:
Joint Meeting and Economic Outlook
House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway
Saturday, February 6, 8 – 9:30 a.m.
Serving his sixth term in the U.S. House of Representatives, Congressman Mike Conaway represents 29 counties in Texas' 11th congressional district, including the cities of Midland, Odessa and San Angelo. A conservative Republican, Rep. Conaway believes in the principles of lower taxes, smaller government and a secure nation. His background as a CPA gives him a unique perspective on fiscal responsibility and ensuring every taxpayer dollar is being spent wisely. In the House, Congressman Conaway is the chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture and also serves on the House Armed Services Committee and the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. He is a deputy Republican whip, a position he has held since the 112th Congress. A native Texan, he grew up in Odessa and graduated from Odessa Permian High School in 1966 after playing on Permian's first state championship football team. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in accounting from Texas A & M University-Commerce in 1970. After serving in the Army at Fort Hood, he returned to the Permian Basin with Price Waterhouse and settled in Midland, later working with George W. Bush as the chief financial officer for Bush Exploration. He developed a lasting friendship with President Bush as they learned together what it takes to run a business. An ordained deacon in the Baptist church, Congressman Conaway and his wife, Suzanne, live in Midland and have four children and seven grandchildren.
Saturday Luncheon with David Wasserman
Saturday, February 6, 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
“2016 Political and Election Outlook”
David Wasserman handicaps and analyzes the current political environment as House editor for the Cook Political Report, which the New York Times called “a newsletter that both parties regard as authoritative.” His commentary on House races has been cited in numerous print and online publications including POLITICO, the New York Times, the Washington Post, USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, the Economist, Pollster, RealClearPolitics and FiveThirtyEight. Prior to joining the Cook Political Report in 2007, Wasserman served for three years as House editor of Sabato’s Crystal Ball, a widely respected political analysis newsletter and website. He also has served as an analyst for the NBC News Election Night Decision Desk in 2012, 2010, and 2008 and has appeared on NBC Nightly News, ABC World News, C-SPANWashington Journal, CNN and NPR. The New Jersey native, who has worked on numerous political campaigns, holds a B.A. in government with distinction from the University of Virginia and was awarded the 2006 Emmerich-Wright Outstanding Thesis prize for his study of congressional redistricting standards.
A traditional event for Sunday morning, please join us for a memorable and rewarding program. Dr. O. S. Hawkins, president and chief executive officer of GuideStone Financial Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention, will be providing an inspirational message.
As the world’s largest Christian-based mutual fund, GuideStone serves more than 250,000 individual participants from churches, missionary organizations, colleges and universities, hospitals, and other non-profit institutions with their financial and benefit service needs. Prior to coming to GuideStone in 1997, Dr. Hawkins served as senior pastor of the historic First Baptist Church in Dallas.