Guests include Beto O’Rourke and Colin Allred

Democratic Party leaders and party faithful will travel to El Paso for the 2024 Texas Democratic Party Convention.

The convention begins Thursday, June 6 and runs through Saturday, June 8 at the El Paso Convention Center.

The party convention is an opportunity for Democrats in various caucuses to choose leadership and set their agenda for the upcoming session. It also allows Texas Democrats to select their 273 national delegates and 20 alternates to attend the 2024 Democratic National Convention in Chicago.

The three-day event will feature a variety of high-profile speakers from state and national levels, as well as a variety of events, caucuses and breakout sessions.

Who’s coming to the 2024 Democratic Convention?

The convention is a veritable who’s-who of Democrats, both from Texas and beyond.

Special guests for Thursday night’s kickoff event include former presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke, former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords of Arizona, Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinjosa, and El Paso’s own U.S. Rep. Veronica Escobar and Sen. Cesar Blank.

A breakfast event on Saturday morning will again feature Escobar along with U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee of Houston.

Other prominent political figures scheduled to attend the event include U.S. Rep. Colin Allred, D-Dallas, who is currently campaigning to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, and U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro of San Antonio. David Hogg, a student who survived the shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, will also be in attendance.

What are the main priorities for the party?

Based on the caucus’ lineup and the presence of gun control activist Hogg, Texas Democrats will likely focus on gun control measures.

Thursday’s training at the convention will largely focus on voter empowerment, voter protection and organizing, though other training will focus on faith, politics and abortion rights, which will likely be another major focus of the party.

Friday caucus meetings include the Indigenous Peoples Caucus, the Labor Caucus, the Youth Caucus, the Texas Progressive Caucus, the Reproductive Freedom Caucus and many others. For the most part, these groups will elect new leaders and set their priorities for the coming year.

What about President Joe Biden and his re-election efforts in Texas?

While no official surrogate is expected to be present to represent President Joe Biden’s reelection campaign, at least two members of his reelection team will be present.

Escobar was appointed national co-chair of the President’s Reelection Committee in April 2023 and will play a major role at the upcoming convention. Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, who will also be at this week’s convention, is also national co-chair of the president’s re-election committee.

The co-chairs largely serve as representatives of the president’s campaign by raising money, talking to voters and crafting voter messages and strategies.

With a rematch between Biden and former President Donald Trump just a few months away, it is highly likely that Escobar and Whitmer will ensure that Texas Democrats are eager to hoist the president into the White House for another four years.