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
- 2014 Bill Book (159 pages) – PDF
- 2014 Flickr Photos – link
Event Dates and Schedule
Texas 4-H Congress will take place July, 17-20 2016.
- July 15, 2016 Texas 4-H Council and Management Team Arrives
- July 17, 2016 District Delegates Arrive
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. Contact the local county extension office in the Spring of 2016 for information on how to apply to attend.
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. The application process will take place in the Spring of 2016.
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. The application process will take place in the Spring of 2016.
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. The bill submission process will take place in May & June, 2016.
Event Contact Information
Dr. Toby L. Lepley
Assistant State Leader – Operations and Associate Professor & Extension Specialist
4180 Highway 6
College Station, TX 77845