Texas 4-H Congress

Visit Texas 4-H Congress Live

Texas 4-H Congress is the premiere citizenship and leadership experience for Texas 4-H members between the ages of 15 and 18. Held on the even numbers years in the Texas State Capitol, Texas 4-H Congress allows 4-H members to experience the law making process first hand by writing, submitting, and then serving as a member of the House of Representatives, the Senate, the Press, or as a Lobbyist. From these roles, the 4-H members determine the fate of each bill submitted over the four day event.

  • Texas 4-H Congress Promotional Video – YouTube
  • How Can A 4-H Member Participate – PDF
  • Understanding the Texas Legislative Process - PDF
  • 2016 Texas 4-H Congress will take place July 17 – 20, 2016

2014 Participant Information

  • Participant Letter – PDF
  • Bill Book (159 pages) – PDF
  • Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol – Website | Map
  • Schedule – PDF

District Capitol Tour Schedule

District Meet Time Tour Time Location To Meet
1 8:00am Monday 9:00 am Monday Ballroom Area at Sheraton
2 8:00am Monday 8:30 am Monday Ballroom Area at Sheraton
3 8:00am Monday 8:30 am Monday Ballroom Area at Sheraton
4 1:30pm Sunday 2:00pm Sunday Ballroom Area at Sheraton
5  11:45am Sunday 11:45am Sunday Capitol Visitors Center
6  2:30pm Sunday 3:00pm Sunday Lobby at the Sheraton
7 12:00 pm Sunday 1:15pm Sunday Ballroom Area at Sheraton
8  11:00 Sunday  11:45am Sunday Ballroom Area at Sheraton
9 2:15 pm Sunday 3:00 pm Sunday Ballroom Area at Sheraton
10 12:45 pm Sunday 1:30 pm Sunday Ballroom Area at Sheraton
11 1:45 pm Sunday 2:30 pm Sunday Lobby at Sheraton
12 No Tour Schedule

District Bus Schedule (Districts 1, 2. and 3 only)

STOP LOCATION AND ADDRESS TIME (Be present at location at least 30 minutes prior to departure time).
1 Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center
6500 W. Amarillo Blvd
Amarillo TX 79106
Departure Time:   5:30 am
2 Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center
1102 E. FM 1294
Lubbock, TX 79403
Departure Time:   7:30 am
3 Baylor County AgriLife Extension Office
500 N. Main
Seymour, TX 76380
Departure Time:   10:45 am
(updated time)
Stop for Lunch In Route at What-A-Burger in Brownwood, Texas (Estimated lunch time: 1:00 pm)
Sheraton Austin at the Capitol Estimated Arrival 4:15 pm
(updated time)

Return trip from Austin to Districts 1, 2, and 3

STOP LOCATION AND ADDRESS TIME (Be present at location at least 30 minutes prior to arrival time).
Sheraton Austin at the Capitol Departure Time:   7:00 am
1 Baylor County AgriLife Extension Office
500 N. Main
Seymour, TX 76380
Arrival Time:   11:45 am
Stop for Lunch In Route in Seymour after first drop off
2 Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center
1102 E. FM 1294
Lubbock, TX 79403
Arrival Time:   4:30 pm
3 Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center
6500 W. Amarillo Blvd
Amarillo TX 79106
Arrival Time:   6:30 pm

Location

The headquarters for Texas 4-H Congress will be at the Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol in Austin, Texas.  Website | Map


Event Dates and Schedule

Texas 4-H Congress will take place July, 13-16 2014.

  • July 11, 2014                      Texas 4-H Council and Management Team Arrives
  • July 13, 2014                      District Delegates Arrive

Age Requirements

Official ages for Texas 4-H Congress are 15 (at the time of the event) to 18 years of age. This is a prestigious event reserved for older 4-H members.  Because of the number of 4-H members allowed to attend, counties should make it a priority to select 4-H members for the House and Senate that have never attended prior.


Costs and Quotas

A select number of 4-H delegates will be allotted to each district. In addition to the districts, the urban counties, Prairie View Cooperative Extension and the 4-H Military Program will be allotted a quota of delegates.


Lobbyist for Texas 4-H Congress

The Lobbyist group is designed for 4-H members who have attended Texas 4-H Congress in the past. The responsibility of the Lobbyist group is to identify certain bills and then lobby members of the House and Senate to either pass or defeat the bill. Lobbyist should be knowledgeable about Texas 4-H Congress and the schedule that it follows. Lobbyist members should be prepared to and have the ability to approach other 4-H members and persuade House and Senate members for support. The Lobbyist group will hold a “by invitation only” reception for House and Senate Members, along with Congress Leadership.


Press Corp for Texas 4-H Congress

The Texas 4-H Congress Press Corps play an extremely important part in the success of the event. Press Corps members can be either first time or returning 4-H members to 4-H Congress. Individuals applying for Press Corps should have strong skills in writing, word processing, interviewing, photography, and focused on making deadlines. The press corps is responsible for the publishing of a daily newspaper and helping maintaining a web page/electronic communication.


Submission of Legislative Bills

Anyone who wants to submit a bill can do so, regardless if they are attending Texas 4-H Congress.  This process will allow all 4-H members, regardless of Congress participation and age, the opportunity to participate in an exercise in civic engagement.  For those counties that do have at least one person at ending Texas 4-H Congress, it is a requirement that at least one bill be submitted (this includes Texas 4-H Council, Tech Team, etc).  To accomplish the writing and submission of legislative bills it is recommended that the County Extension Agent, or a volunteer, assist the youth in learning about what a quality bill is, how to write one, and then submitting the bill on-line.

To assist 4-H members with the process of preparing a bill for submission, refer to the Texas 4-H publication entitled “Understanding the Texas Legislative Process, A Guide for Participating in Texas 4-H Congress.


Event Contact Information

Dr. Toby L. Lepley
Extension 4-H and Youth Development Specialist
4180 Highway 6
College Station, TX 77845
Phone:  979-845-1212
Fax:  979-845-6495
E-mail:  tlepley@ag.tamu.edu

 

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