Linda Timmerman was among 80 delegates sworn in when the 18th Texas Silver-Haired Legislature convened on the floor of the House of Representatives in Austin. The Honorable Donna Howard, member of the Texas House of Representatives from District 48 officiated the ceremony.
The Texas Silver-Haired Legislature is a non-partisan body created by the 69th Texas Legislature with the adoption of SCR 37, on April 3, 1985. Since its inception, over 650 seniors have been elected to serve in TSHL.
The vision of TSHL is that the applied wisdom, energy, and experience of aging will improve the lives of all Texans through education, knowledge, and involvement in legislation and governmental affairs.
“Texas Seniors have a powerful voice in Austin in TSHL,” Timmerman said. “But it seems to be a well-kept secret.”
Timmerman, who lives on Richland-Chambers Lake, represents the Heart of Texas Area on Aging as a resident of Freestone County.
“As an advocate for Seniors, I would welcome an invitation to speak at civic clubs, churches, or any gathering where I might bring awareness of the work of TSHL in Austin and obtain input from Senior peers regarding issues they would like addressed by the next legislative session,” she said.
Among the legislation that the advocacy group has worked in past sessions to get enacted into law is legislation that increased the financial strength of the Teacher Retirement System pension plan, created the Silver Alert for missing seniors, increased the personal needs allowance to $60 for Medicaid nursing home residents, allowed grandparent caregivers to make educational and medical decisions for a grandchild without having custodial rights, and enhanced criminal degree and fines for those who perpetrate Internet Fraud against seniors.
Timmerman was appointed Chair of the TSHL Communications Committee, and she also serves on the Education Legislative Issues Committee.