16th TSHL Organizes the 30th Year

Speaker Pat Porter of Big Spring convened the 16th TSHL in Austin, July 12-16, 2015, to begin the 30th year of working in partnership with the Texas Legislature to better the lives of Senior Citizens around the State.

Since the creation of TSHL, 687 older Texans have served as legislators, adopting 789 Resolutions for action by the Texas Legislature to solve problems faced by our peers.
The Austin Police escorted two buses of Silver-Haired Legislators down Congress Avenue to the Capitol for the swearing in ceremony. Twenty-four new legislators joined seventy-two incumbents to take the Oath of Office administered by Dist. 20 Representative Marsha Farney. Senator Jose Menendez, Dist. 26, gave the key note address highlighting the successes of former Silver-Haired Legislators to make things better for older Texans.
Featured speakers for the dinner meetings were Jon Weizenbaum, Commissioner of DADS and Chris Traylor, newly appointed Executive Commissioner, HHSC. TSHL legislators Bob Smith, Granbury, and Linda Parrish, Driftwood, provided musical entertainment. The 16th TSHL elected 5 officers for a two year term to carry out the vision of the Texas Silver-Haired Legislature. The vision statement is that the applied wisdom, energy, and experience of aging will improve the lives of all Texans through education, knowledge, and involvement in legislation and governmental affairs. Click here.

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Dates to Remember

Sept. 10, 2015 - TSHL Technology Retreat, Driftwood
Nov. 1-4, 2015 - TSHL Training Session,ad Austin


Legislative Issues Committees

Criminal Justice, Bill Bailey

Education, Joe Henderson

Health & Human Resources, Barbara Aydlett

Human Services, Mary Pat Smith

Insurance, Rene Wallace

Retirement & Aging, William Carey

Rural-Urban Affairs, Claude Andrews

State Affairs, Chris Kyker

Utilities & Natural Resources, Louise Butler

Administrative Committees

Communications, Bruce Davis

Election & Credentials, Donald Sanders

Finance, Wayne Merrill

Operations, LaWynn Rogers

Legislative Action, Carlos Higgins

Special Committees

Silver Bulletin, James B. Warner

16th Directory, Claude Andrews

Technology, Chris Kyker