February 4, 2013
We the People  

Former U.S. Representative Charlie Stenholm shared his congressional experiences with the We the People team at Granbury High School during class on February 3, 2014.

Stenholm spoke to the students about his years in public service and the inner-workings of Congress. He addressed his education, reasons prompting him to seek elective office, and campaigning. The former legislator also hit on a few current topics, including the national debt, balanced budget, health care, and hydraulic fracking.

A conservative Democrat, Stenholm served the 17th Congressional District from 1979-2005 and represented Hood County beginning in 1993. He was the ranking member on the House Agriculture Committee for several years. Still active in politics, Stenholm is a senior policy advisor at the Washington law firm of Olsson Frank Weeda Terman Matz P.C., serves as a co-chair for the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, and teaches an agricultural policy class at Tarleton State University. A native of Stamford, Stenholm and his wife now reside in Granbury.

The GHS government class recently won its second-straight state championship in a national competition on the United States Constitution and is advancing to the national finals in the Washington, D.C. area on April 25-28 on the campus of George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia and also in hearing rooms on Capitol Hill.

The students are currently raising money to finance the Washington trip, with donations being accepted by the Granbury ISD Education Foundation.

Pictured above, Stenholm (second from left) speaks with We the People team members (left to right) Maggie McKenna, Justin Kochis, Hannah Hiler, and Guy Wright.

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