Texas Silver Haired Legislature

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The filing period for Texans age 60 years of age and older who want to become candidates for the Texas Silver-Haired Legislature (TSHL) is from the first of January through the end of February in even numbered years.  The election is held the fourth Tuesday in May.  

Silver Haired legislator terms are for two years.  Official responsibilities begin in June following the election.  Members pay their own expenses

Texas Silver Haired Legislature Purpose
  1. To promote good government for all Texans through active participation in public affairs;

  2. To provide an avenue through which older citizens may serve as a resource to public and private sectors, boards, and commissions that shall complement other senior citizen groups, organizations, and agencies;

  3. To develop a nonpartisan forum for older Texans to discuss senior citizen issues, debate those issues, and establish legislative priorities for the Texas Legislature to consider;

  4. To provide advocacy training enabling TSHL members to continue their role within the community setting; and

  5. To provide older Texans an opportunity to become more knowledgeable about the legislative process through involvement.

Tenth Texas Silver Haired Legislature Candidacy Requirements
  • Must be 60 years of age or older on January 1 of the election year.

  • Must be a resident of the Concho Valley area 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 and expected of a legislator.

  • Must file for candidacy by completing the Candidate Information Form and an official Candidate Petition.

  • The potential candidate must complete an official Candidate Petition on which he/she must obtain 25 signatures from registered voters, 60 years of age or older at time of signing, who live in the area the candidate seeks to represent.   With the submission of these forms and the payment of a $5.00 filing fee to the Concho Valley Area Agency on Aging, the person is an official TSHL candidate.

Current TSHL Representatives

Four (4) candidates will be elected from the Concho Valley.  Currently serving as TSHL representatives are (3):


Cletus J. "Jim" Brisbin
120 Deerwood Drive
Sonora, TX 76950


LeeRoy Kiesling
2125 Hillside Dr.
San Angelo, TX  76904


Brigitte R. Rogers
P.O. Box 587
Sonora, TX 76950


Wayne Merrill
902 N. Main St, Unit 10
San Angelo, TX 76903-4078

TSHL Forms and Contact Information

Filing forms may be obtained from the Area Agency on Aging of the Concho Valley at the location listed below.   For more information, please call or email:


Area Agency on Aging of the Concho Valley
2801 W. Loop 306, Suite A
San Angelo, Texas 76904
Toll Free: 1-877-944-9666
Email: suzann.eby@cvcog.org