The Central Texas Chapter of the World Future Society will host an 82nd Legislative Session briefing and discussion on Tuesday, August 16, 2011. Representative Mark Strama from District 50 and Ross Ramsey, Managing Editor of the Texas Tribune and Editor for Texas Weekly, will review the past session and share their perspectives on what's next.
, elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 2004, is a native Texan with a broad range of experience spanning the business, nonprofit sector and government sectors. After graduating from Brown University, he worked on Ann Richards’ successful 1990 campaign for governor. He went on to become chief of staff for State Senator Rodney Ellis. In 1995, Mark left government to become director of programs at Rock the Vote, where he helped register more than a million new voters. He then returned to Texas and founded the first company to register voters online. Mark is a member of a number of civic organizations including the Greater Pflugerville Chamber of Commerce, Council of Neighborhood Associations, Pflugerville ISD MEN in Education program. He was a founding board member of Hope Street Group, a non-partisan organization of young business leaders that seeks to achieve equality of opportunity in a high-growth economy.
is the editor of Texas Weekly, the premier newsletter on government and politics in the lone star state. Before taking the reins at Texas Weekly in September 1998, Ramsey was associate deputy comptroller for policy with the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts. He also did time as the agency's director of communications and as executive assistant to then-Comptroller John Sharp. Prior to that 28-month stint in government, Ramsey spent 17 years in journalism, reporting for the Houston Chronicle and the Dallas Times Herald and, as a Dallas-based freelance business writer, for a number of regional and national magazines and newspapers. He also worked for seven years in broadcasting, covering news for radio stations in Denton and Dallas. Texas Weekly, in continuous publication since 1984, has become a favored and trusted source of information for Texas officeholders, lobbyists, political financiers, reporters and other political junkies from Humble, Texas, to the White House.