Every two years, the LEAP Center at SHSU places 6-12 interns in the Texas Legislature. This year, 11 SHSU students were placed in offices:
- Brittany Gibson: Texas Association of Counties
- Jezel Luna: Rep. Rick Miller (R)
- Maggie Denena: Rep. Will Metcalf (R)
- Mackenzie Smith: Rep. Four Price (R)
- Anne Jamarik: Rep. Trent Ashby (R)
- Ilexus Williams: Rep. Mando Martinez (D)
- Karen Tinajero: Rep. Mando Martinez (D)
- Jordan Davis: Rep. Chris Turner (D)
- Yvana Kepnga: Rep. Eric Johnson (D)
- Peyton Reed: Rep. Poncho Nevarez (D)
- Monica Dike: Rep. Senfronia Thompson (D)
The students learned much this session, with many of them carrying multiple bills through to the Governor’s signature. On Friday, with help from intern Maggie Denena…
…Representative Will Metcalf…
…Rep. Chris Turner, Rep. Four Price, Rep. Trent Ashby, and Rep. Jim Murphy recognized the interns from the House floor.
The recognition capped a successful session….
…that some 20 more SHSU students and alumni working in the legislature, probably a record number. Additional students worked in the executive branches near the Capitol. Intriguingly, this cohort are all 32 or younger, suggesting that there will be quite a future presence for SHSU in the executive and legislative branches of government.