The Texas Tribune will host an event with Sen. Robert Nichols and Rep. Travis Clardy from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, at Stephen F. Austin State University.

Evan Smith, Texas Tribune CEO and editor-in-chief, will moderate the discussion with a focus on the upcoming 84th Legislative Session, followed by an audience question-and-answer session.

Guests must register in advance at for the event, which is free and open to the public. It will be held in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Twilight Ballroom.

The Texas Tribune is a nonpartisan, nonprofit media organization that promotes civic engagement and discourse on public policy, politics, government and other matters of statewide concern. Since its beginning in November 2009, the Tribune has won nine Edward R. Murrow Awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association and an innovation award in watchdog journalism. 

Nichols, R-Jacksonville, represents District 3 in the Texas Senate and serves as the chair of the Transportation Committee, as the vice-chair of the Intergovernmental Relations Committee, and as a member of the Finance, Health & Human Services, State Affairs, and Natural Resources committees. He has a degree in industrial engineering from Lamar University and served for eight years on the Texas Transportation Commission.

Clardy, R-Nacogdoches, represents District 11 in the Texas House and serves as a member of the Higher Education, Local & Consent Calendars, Redistricting, and Special Purpose Districts committees. He is a practicing attorney, owns the Clardy Law Offices in Nacogdoches and Lufkin, and received his Doctor of Jurisprudence from the Pepperdine University School of Law.

For more information, call (936) 468-2605.