Mobile Menu - OpenMobile Menu - Closed


Congressman John Ratcliffe

Representing the 4th District of Texas

Rep. Ratcliffe Launches Congressional Student Leadership Program

September 22, 2016
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) formally launched his newly created Congressional Student Leadership Program (CSLP) Wednesday, which includes 86 high schoolers from across Texas’ 4th District for the 2016-2017 school year.

The CSLP students gathered for their first-ever meeting in three physical locations: Sherman, Rockwall and Texarkana, using Internet streaming to connect together. To kick off the meeting, Ratcliffe streamed in from Washington for an introduction. The remainder of the meeting focused on the functions of the federal government as defined by the U.S. Constitution, laying the foundation for the in-depth policy discussions planned for the remainder of the school year.

CSLP Students Meet at Texas A&M University-Commerce


CSLP Students Meet at Grayson County Courthouse


CSLP Students Meet at Texas A&M University – Texarkana University Center


“I’m inspired by the high level of interest in our political system demonstrated by the 86 students who took initiative to participate in this program,” Ratcliffe said.  

“The students all bring diverse talents and perspectives to the table, which makes me confident about the positive impact they’ll have on the future of our country.”

There will be three more CSLP meetings in the 2016-2017 school year, as well as a district-wide service project aimed at helping local veterans in November.

The CSLP aims to teach high school students in Texas’ 4th District about the role of the federal government and functions of a congressional office while allowing them to engage with their congressman and discuss public policy issues affecting our country. Participants are selected based on their academic achievement, extracurricular involvement and demonstration of leadership. Applications 2017-2018 school year will be available in Spring 2017.

Further details on the CSLP are available online at:, and additional questions may be directed to Cole Moore at 972-771-0100 or