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Congressman John Ratcliffe

Representing the 4th District of Texas

Rep. Ratcliffe kicks off Congressional Student Leadership Program

September 22, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) launched the 2017-2018 Congressional Student Leadership Program (CSLP) this week. The program includes nearly 50 high school participants from across Texas’ 4th District.

The CSLP students gathered for their first meeting of the 2017-2018 school year in three physical locations: Rockwall, Texarkana, and Sherman.


CSLP Students Meet at Grayson County Courthouse

Ratcliffe kicked off the meeting with a video message from Washington.

“As our country looks to the future, we’re going to need bright young leaders like all of you. Great young men and women who are willing to step up and who can ensure America continues to be the beacon of freedom and opportunity for the rest of the world,” Ratcliffe said.

“I’m so impressed with what many of you have already accomplished, and I’m even more grateful that you’ve all taken advantage of this opportunity to go above and beyond many of your peers to learn about the role of the federal government and to discuss the important public policy issues facing our country.”

The students went on to learn about the functions of the federal government as defined by the U.S. Constitution, which laid the foundation for further in-depth policy discussions later in the school year.

There will be three more CSLP meetings in the 2017-2018 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 2018-2019 school year will be available in the spring of 2018.

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