Roundtable Dialogue — The Year in Review: 2021 in Texas Politics

At this member-exclusive event, Mark P. Jones, a fellow in political science at the Baker Institute, looked back at the year in Texas politics, which involved not only the 87th Texas legislative session, but also a devastating energy grid failure, a special session focused on redistricting, a new administration in the White House, controversial COVID-19 decisions, and continued social and racial unrest.

A reception began at 6:00 p.m. for those attending in person. A webinar was also accessible for those attending the presentation virtually.

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This event was free and open to members of the Roundtable and Roundtable Young Professionals. These forums are dedicated to advancing the mission of the institute by fostering community engagement and dialogue on vital domestic and global public policy issues through interaction with Baker Institute fellows and invited guest speakers and experts from the public and private sectors.


6:00 p.m. — Reception
6:30 p.m. — Presentation

Featured Speaker

In addition to his role as fellow in political science at the Baker Institute, the Joseph D. Jamail Chair in Latin American Studies and professor in the Department of Political Science at Rice University, Mark P. Jones, Ph.D., also serves as the faculty director of Rice’s Master of Global Affairs program. His research focuses on the effect of electoral laws and other political institutions on governance, representation and voting. He is a frequent contributor to Texas media outlets, and his research on the Texas Legislature has been widely cited in the media as well as by numerous political campaigns. Jones received his doctorate from the University of Michigan and his bachelor’s degree from Tulane University. Jones leads the Baker Institute's Argentina Program and helps direct the Presidential Elections Program


Location: James A. Baker III Hall, Rice University
6100 Main St
Houston , Texas 77005

Date: Nov. 30, 2021, 6 p.m. - Nov. 30, 2021, 7:30 p.m.