Silver – Haired Legislature elects Pat J. Porter as Speaker

Pat J. Porter, Silver – Haired Legislator for the Permian Basin area, with 99 other legislators from across Texas convened in Austin July 14 – 18, 2013 for the initial meeting of the 15th Texas Silver – Haired Legislature (TSHL). Thirty-four new members were introduced as representatives from among the 28 Texas Area Agencies on Aging serving the state's seniors. The legal formation of the 15th TSHL was completed within the chambers of the Texas House of Representatives as all attending members were administered the formal Oath of Office by Texas Secretary of State John Steen. Texas Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst addressed the group and welcomed them into new roles as strong and active advocates for Texas seniors. Orientation and training sessions during the week in Austin focused on senior needs identification, resolution preparation and effective advocacy processes. The TSHL was formed in Texas in 1985 by the 69th Texas Legislature as a non-partisan group of Texas citizens over the age of 60 to educate and advocate to Texas State Legislators on the specific needs of Texas' senior citizens. The newly elected Speaker of the Texas Silver-Haired Legislature is the Honorable Pat J. Porter, TSHL representative form the Permian Basin. For more information, go to the TSHL website at For more information contact Pat J. Porter at 432-270-4456 or