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H-GAC Area Agency on Aging
News Release
Tuesday, June 07, 2011

HOUSTON-GALVESTON REGION’S SILVER-HAIRED LEGISLATORS

The 14th Texas Silver-Haired Legislature (TSHL) held elections on May 24, 2011, in the Houston-Galveston region. Five delegates were elected by their peers to represent the 12 counties in the region. The delegates will represent their districts during the 14th TSHL. The TSHL is a nonpartisan and non-profit organization which is composed of 123 representatives elected to two-year terms by Texans over 60 years of age. The TSHL strives to promote good government for all Texans by directly involving older citizens in the legislative process.

These five delegates will represent the 12-county area until 2013:

District 1- Galveston—Mr. John P. Giovannini of Galveston
District 2- Brazoria, Matagorda, Wharton—Mr. Jack G. Fisk of El Campo
District 3- Chambers, Liberty—Dr. Patricia J. Nelson of Cleveland
District 4- Montgomery, Walker—Mr. Ken Nesmith of The Woodlands
District 5- Austin, Colorado, Fort Bend, Waller—Ms. Lynn Crisp of Sugar Land

The TSHL session will cover three days and will feature discussion and votes on measures and issues that concern the needs of older Texans. It will present its recommendations to the Regular Session of the Texas Legislature when it convenes in January 2012.

The H-GAC Area Agency on Aging assisted in the election process by providing ballots and supplies. The H-GAC Aging Programs Advisory Committee acted as the election steering committee.

H-GAC (www.h-gac.com) is a voluntary association of local governments and local elected officials from the 13-county Gulf Coast Planning Region, which includes an area of 12,500 square miles and more than 6 million people. H-GAC works to promote efficient and accountable use of local, state, and federal tax dollars; serves as a problem-solving and information forum for local governments; and helps them analyze trends and conditions affecting the region in order to respond to their needs.



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