Texas State University in San Marcos will be the site of the first presidential debate in 2024.

The announcement was made Monday by the Commission on Presidential Debates, which has hosted the general election debates since 1988.

Texas State will be the first university in the state to host a presidential debate. It is also the only university in Texas to have a former president as an alumnus. Lyndon B. Johnson graduated in 1930, when the school went under the name Southwest Texas State Teachers College.

“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 Chancellor Brian McCall.

“On behalf of our university community, TXST is honored to represent Texas on the international stage and to play a direct role in the nation’s democratic process,” added President Kelly Damphousse.

The debate, which will take place on September 16, 2024, will be the first in a series of four debates scheduled by the commission next year.

The general election will take place November 5, 2024.

Brandon Waltens

Brandon serves as the Senior Editor for Texas Scorecard. After managing successful campaigns for top conservative legislators and serving as a Chief of Staff in the Texas Capitol, Brandon moved outside the dome in order to shine a spotlight on conservative victories and establishment corruption in Austin. @bwaltens


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