Texoman sworn in to Texas Silver-Haired Legislature
DENISON, Texas (KTEN) — Retired Air Force veteran Herbert Campbell was sworn in Wednesday as a delegate to the Texas Silver-Haired Legislature. He will represent fellow seniors.
"I hope and pray that I can make a difference," he said.
Campbell served for 22 years in the Air Force, and he currently volunteers at the Perrin Air Force Base Museum at North Texas Regional Airport.
"It's extremely important, because I've seen a lot of activity for the younger generations, but there's not much activity going for the mature generations, and I think that's a travesty," he said.
The first Silver-Haired Legislature was established in Missouri, and similar organizations have since been established in 26 states.
The Texas Silver-Haired Legislature has been operating since 1985. It focuses on the needs of seniors, and works on incorporating them in the legislative process.
Topics include retirement and health resources for those aged 60 and older.
Tommi Homuth, who attended the ceremony, said Texas is falling short of meeting the needs of senior citizens.
"It's an increasing population in Texas, and we need to pay more attention to the issues that are facing us."
Following Tuesday's vote to adopt 13 amendments to the Texas Constitution, Campbell is taking his new role one step at a time.
"I really don't know at this point; I'm just getting started in the organization," he said.
Campbell will be a part of the Rural and Urban Committee as well as the Technology Committee on the TSHL.