Rep. Ratcliffe launches student program in Rockwall County

Rep. Ratcliffe launches student program in Rockwall County
CSLP Students Meet at Texas A&M University-Commerce

(WASHINGTON – Sept. 21, 2017) Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) launched the 2017-2018 Congressional Student Leadership Program (CSLP) in Rockwall County this week. The program includes more than 50 high school participants from across Texas’ 4th District.

The CSLP students gathered for their first meeting of the 2017-2018 schoolyear in three physical locations: Sherman, Rockwall and Texarkana, with students from the Rockwall region meeting at Texas A&M University-Commerce. 

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 schoolyear. 

There will be three more CSLP meetings in the 2017-2018 schoolyear, 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 schoolyear 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

Submitted press release. 

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