Capitol Tour on Sine Die
by Jade Jones
The big day has finally come! The 2021 New Politics Forum Campaign Bootcamp has concluded, and the LEAP Ambassadors headed out to tour yet another historical facet of Texas, the State Capitol.
Amidst the buzz and excitement of Sine Die—the conclusion of the legislative session—the Ambassadors toured and learned a great deal about the historic building.
We enjoyed seeing where the former Supreme Court was located and hearing our voice echo in the rotunda.
We even got to visit the chambers of House of Representatives and the Senate!
I particularly enjoyed learning about the important historical context of many prominent figures that were distinguished in portraits throughout the Capitol. There included people such as former Governor Ann Richards, Tennessean David Crockett, and our university namesake, Sam Houston.
While Quinn was especially familiar with the Texas Capitol, this was the first time for Jessica, Yvette, and me, so we had some fun.
I was in awe the entire time, as I was learning the history of my state in a most prestigious classroom. Furthermore, I was overwhelmed with the knowledge that I was on grounds where decisions are made that affect the day-to-day life and wellbeing of myself and people throughout the state. My favorite part of the entire tour of the Capitol my favorite part was learning more about various former governors and visiting the Texas House of Representatives and Senate Chambers.
It was a great history lesson, while also getting to see current affairs. We saw some action on the House and Senate floor, while also seeing Rep. Senfronia Thompson and other lawmakers.
And, outside, we even saw some protesters.
It was a real treat for us, and with some discussion from Professor Yawn, we learned about ways to return as interns…