Texas 4-H Congress

What is Texas 4-H Congress?

Texas 4-H Congress is a four-day mock legislative experience for 4-H members in grades 9th to 12th (at the time of the event).  During this time, 4-H members assume the roles of senators, representatives, lobbyists, press corps, and special interest groups to gain a first-hand understanding of how the legislative process works.  Bills that are written and sponsored by 4-H members focus on issues concerning Texas and Texas youth.  These bills are assigned to the appropriate committee, debated in committee meetings, and then on the floor of the House or Senate.  If a bill is successful in negotiation and the legislative debate in all three stages, it is delivered to the Governor of Texas 4-H Congress for his or her signature or veto.  Copies of all the bills that are signed into law during Texas 4-H Congress are provided to the Office of the Governor for review.

Date of Event:  July 22 – 25, 2018. (Start Date: Sunday July 22, 2018. Capitol Tours are on Sunday afternoon, with a dinner at 6PM. End Date: Wednesday July 25, 2018. All participants must depart the hotel by 10AM.)

Location: HQ will be at the Sheraton Hotel, 707 East 11th Street, Austin, TX 78701. Attendees will walk daily to the Texas State Capitol Building

Cost:  $350.00 (Includes hotel, meals & snacks, and registration fee). Members may want to bring incidental spending money for the event.

Registration Information

This is a prestigious event reserved for older 4-H members and has very LIMITED space. It is up to the member to meet all deadlines associated with this event, however there is no guarantee all youth interested in attending will be accommodated. Because of the limited space, priority will be given to older 4-H members for the House and Senate that have never attended prior. In order to submit your name onto the waiting list please email Natalie Cervantes at ntcervantes@ag.tamu.edu with your Name, Age (on July 15, 2018), School Grade, # of Years in 4-H, and if you have attended Congress before (Yes/No) NO LATER THAN MARCH 18, 2018. If you do not send me your name before this deadline you will automatically be placed at the bottom of the waiting list regardless of your priority.


February 12, 2018 Bill submission opens
February 12, 2018 Lobbyist Application Open on 4HConnect
February 12, 2018 Press Corps Online Opens on 4HConnect
March 23, 2018 Lobbyist Application closes
March 23, 2018 Press Corps Application closes
March 30, 2018 Lobbyist and Press Corps Notification
April 1, 2018 Early Bird Registration Opens on 4HConnect
April 30, 2018 Early Bird Registration Closes on 4HConnect
May 1, 2018 Registration Opens on 4HConnect
May 15, 2018 Bill submission closes
May 31, 2018 Registration Closes on 4HConnect
June 1, 2018 Late Registration Opens on 4HConnect
June 15, 2018 Late Registration Closes on 4HConnect
July 10, 2018 District Travel Letters
July 10, 2018 Bill Book posted online
July 20, 2018 Texas 4-H Council Arrive
July 20, 2018 Management Team Arrive
July 22, 2018 Adult and Youth Participants Arrive
July 25, 2018 All Participants Depart


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. Apply on 4HConnect from February 12 – March 23, 2018. Notification of Lobbyists for 2018 will be on March 30, 2018.

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. Apply on 4HConnect from February 12 – March 23, 2018. Notification of Press Corp Members for 2018 will be on March 30, 2018.

Submission of Legislative Bills

Any 4-H member, regardless of age or planning on attending Texas 4-H Congress, must submit a legislative bill for consideration.  Participation in the bill writing exercise allows 4-H members the opportunity to become engaged in the legislative process and the 4-H citizenship project. 4-H members attending Texas 4-H Congress will be required to submit at least one bill (this includes Texas 4-H Council, Tech Team, etc) prior to their registration to the event being accepted. To learn more on how to write and submit a bill download the “Preparing a Legislative Bill for Texas 4-H Congress” as well as work with your county Extension agent or a volunteer. Submit your bill online from February 12, – May 15, 2018.

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