Trinity University announced in a press release  Wednesday, Nov. 28 that it will host a discussion between Democratic state legislator Mike Villarreal and Republican legislator Donna Campbell from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7 in the Coates University Center Fiesta Room.

The free event, dubbed “The Hot Seat,” is being hosted in conjunction with the Texas Tribune, a non-partisan and non-profit media organization whose mission is to “promote civic engagement and discourse on public policy, politics, government, and other matters of statewide concerns,” according to the Trinity press release.

The discussion will be moderated by Evan Smith, Texas Tribune CEO and editor-in-chief.

Villarreal, a San Antonio native and moderate Democrat, is currently serving his seventh term in the Texas House of Representatives. Villarreal earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from Texas A&M University and went on to earn a master’s in public policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. He is currently working on a doctorate in public policy at the University of Texas, Austin.

Campbell, a Tea Party supporter, was elected to her first term in the Texas State Senate after ousting seven-term incumbent Jeff Wentworth in the Republican primary election. Campbell has earned a master’s of nursing from Texas Women’s University and an M.D. from Texas Tech University.

Anyone interested in attending can reserve seating by registering on the Tribune’s website or by emailing


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