Lobby Corps

The TCADP Lobby Corps is a dedicated group of volunteers who work with our staff and board members to advance our state legislative agenda. Lobby Corps members have played an active role in the last four sessions of the Texas Legislature.  They meet regularly with legislative offices and educate elected officials about the death penalty.  They also build relationships with legislators and share information about death penalty developments in between sessions.  Lobby Corps members will play a vital role in the next state legislative session, which will begin in January 2021.  Recruitment of new members will begin this fall.

Expectations of Lobby Corps Members:

  1. Attend a half-day training session in Austin. The training takes place on a weekday after the general election in November.
  2. Visit legislative offices at the State Capitol at least twice a month during normal business hours, Monday – Thursday, throughout the legislative session.
  3. Meet with assigned members of the legislature and/or their staff members and attend committee hearings as scheduled.
  4. Treat all legislators and their staffs with courtesy and respect, regardless of party affiliation or political differences.
  5. Provide TCADP with detailed information about interactions with legislative offices.
  6. When the legislature is not in session, assist TCADP with outreach to assigned legislators regarding important death penalty developments.
  7. When the legislature is not in session, meet with legislators in their district offices and attend local political events, including community forums, town hall meetings, and open house events, as opportunities arise.

TCADP Commitments:

  1. Provide training and resources for Lobby Corps members.
  2. Assign specific legislators to be contacted and assist in scheduling meetings with those offices.
  3. Provide information and materials to enable participants to conduct quality visits with legislative offices.
  4. Accompany participants during initial visits.
  5. Reimburse participants for mileage and parking fees.  (Alternatively, individuals may claim these expenses as in-kind donations and consider them as deductions on Federal Income Tax returns.)

For more information about the Lobby Corps program, please contact TCADP Executive Director Kristin Houlé Cuellar at kristin@tcadp.org.