The Texas Tribune will host a free, open-to-the-public lunchtime event — A Conversation with Reps. Senfronia Thompson & James White — at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, March 31, at Prairie View A&M University in Prairie View, Texas.

Thompson, D-Houston, has represented House District 141 since 1993. She serves as chairwoman of the House Local & Consent Calendars Committee and sits on the Transportation, State & Federal Power & Responsibility and Licensing & Administrative Procedures committees. Thompson is the dean of women legislators, and she has previously chaired the Texas Legislative Black Caucus and Women’s Health Caucus. She is an alumna of Prairie View A&M University.

White, R-Hillister, has represented House District 19 since 2011. He serves as chairman of the House Corrections Committee and sits on the International Trade & Intergovernmental Affairs Committee. Previously, White served as an instructor at the U.S. Infantry School and a professor of government at Angelina College. He is an alumnus of Prairie View A&M University.

The discussion will be followed by an audience Q&A session. A light lunch will be provided. The conversation will be livestreamed at, and the video will be available for viewing afterward. For media RSVP, contact Natalie Choate at General registration is open at

WHAT: A Texas Tribune Conversation with Reps. Senfronia Thompson & James White


  • State Rep. Senfronia Thompson (D-Houston)
  • State Rep. James White (R-Hillster)
  • Evan Smith, Texas Tribune CEO and co-founder

WHERE: W.A. Tempton Memorial Student Center ballroom, Prairie View A&M University, 155 L.W. Minor Street, Prairie View, TX 77445. Venue is number 4 on the campus map. Visitor parking is available in the lot located directly in front of the Center (parking map).

WHEN: 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., Friday, March 31. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. Conversation and livestream begin promptly at noon.

CONTACT: The Texas Tribune – Natalie Choate (512-716-8640 or

This event is presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas, and is supported by Texas Central and the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute. It is hosted by Prairie View A&M University, and foundation support is provided by the Hatton W. Sumners Foundation. This series of conversations is generously sponsored by AT&T, BP, PepsiCo, Walmart and Southwest Airlines, the official airline of Texas Tribune Events. Tribune events are also supported through contributions from our founding investors and members. Disclosure: Though donors and corporate sponsors underwrite Texas Tribune events, they play no role in determining the content, panelists or line of questioning.

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