Silver Hair Legislature

The Area Agency on Aging supports the Texas Silver-Haired Legislature (TSHL) election every two years. The elected delegates, age 60 and over, represent senior concerns to the state legislature.  The TSHL helps older Texans better understand the issues facing the community, state and nation.

The Texas Silver-Haired Legislature [TSHL] was created through the authority of Senate Concurrent Resolution 37, adopted by the 69th Texas Legislature in April 1985. It is made up of registered voters who are age 60 and over, who are elected by other registered voters in their area who are also age 60 and over. Members are elected for two-year terms. They receive no pay and are responsible for their own expenses. The TSHL is a unicameral, nonpartisan body consisting of 116 representatives from 28 areas across the state. TSHL members come from varied backgrounds with a common purpose: to establish the best possible environment for older Texans. The various committees analyze, debate and draft resolutions that are sent to the Legislative Action Committee for approval. They are then voted on and prioritized by the TSHL before being submitted to the Texas Legislature.

The Texas Silver Haired Legislature members from the Permian Basin are:

DISTRICT I DISTRICT II DISTRICT III DISTRICT IV
Andrews County Ector County Midland County Crane County
Borden County     Loving County
Dawson County     Pecos County
Gaines County     Reeves County
Glasscock County     Terrell County
Howard County     Upton County
Martin County     Ward County
      Winkler County
Pat Porter TSHL Representative District I
1651 CR 255
Big Spring, TX 79720-0704
(432) 399-4456

Requirements for TSHL Candidates:

• Must be 60 years of age or older on January 1 in the year of the election. Must be a resident of the district in which candidacy is sought.

• Must be a registered voter of the State of Texas .

• Must be willing to participate in all activities that are required of a legislator.

• Must file for candidacy by completing the Candidate Information Form; completing the Candidate Petition containing 25 signatures of eligible registered  voters who are age 60 and over at the time of signing and live in the area the candidate seeks to serve; and by submitting forms along with a $5.00 filing fee to the Area Agency on Aging.

Purpose of the TSHL:

• To help older citizens to view legislative involvement as a responsibility of citizenship.

• To help older Texans better understand the issues facing the community, state, and nation, and to develop a non-partisan forum for older Texans to debate senior issues and propose legislation to the Texas Legislature.

• To provide an opportunity to work for the passage of those resolutions by personal contact with members of both houses of the Texas Legislature during their regular and special sessions.

• To help older Texans to be better prepared to serve in various ways in their community.

To find out more information about the Texas Silver Haired Legislature, visit their website, or feel free to contact Marydyth Taylor, or by phone at (432) 563-1061 or (800) 491-4636 toll-free.