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Texas State University Will Hold First 2024 Presidential Debate

The debate, scheduled for Sept. 16, 2024, will be the first of four for the general election. The San Marcos school would be the first Texas university to hold a presidential debate, Texas State officials said.

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Empty seats in the Alkek Teaching theatre at Texas State University in San Marcos on Aug. 24, 2020. Texas State will host the first of four presidential debates next year, university officials said Monday. Credit: Jordan Vonderhaar for The Texas Tribune
Empty seats in the Alkek Teaching theatre at Texas State University in San Marcos on Aug. 24, 2020. Texas State will host the first of four presidential debates next year, university officials said Monday. Credit: Jordan Vonderhaar for The Texas Tribune
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BY CAROLINE WILBURN / THE TEXAS TRIBUNE

Texas State University in San Marcos will host the first in a series of four scheduled general election debates next year on Sept. 16, 2024, Texas State officials announced Monday.

The university will become the first in Texas to host a general election presidential debate, school officials said. Texas State is also the only university in Texas with a United States president alumnus, Lyndon B. Johnson who served as the 36th U.S. president and graduated in 1930.

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“It’s fitting that the only university in Texas to graduate a U.S. president will be the first university in Texas to host a presidential debate,” said Texas State University System Chancellor Brian McCall. “This is an exciting time at Texas State, and we can’t wait to showcase our great university before a global audience.”

Jack Martin, distinguished alumnus and former chair of the Texas State University System Board of Regents, will chair the Texas State Presidential Debate Committee, which will coordinate fundraising efforts related to the debate.

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