The speaker of the Texas House of Representatives, Joe Straus, helped kick off the 2012 New Politics Forum at the University of Texas at Austin.

The New Politics Forum at the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Participation has provided nonpartisan, research-based political education programming for more than 1,365 young adults across Texas since 2003. While there are many programs designed for seasoned professionals or partisans, the New Politics Forum remains unique.

The Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Participation was established at UT in 2000 to respond to growing political cynicism and disaffection in the U.S. The Institute's mission is strictly non-partisan. It works within communities to engage people in the political process, teach them about the nation's democratic heritage and encourage them to take leadership roles.

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