Jeb Hensarling knows a few things about the law; he’s a U.S. Congressman (R-TX) and chairman of the House Financial Services Committee. On Monday, December 14, he stopped by the Parish Episcopal School's Midway campus to chat with students about that topic. Hensarling, who is also a Parish parent, shared his knowledge of the law with the 8th grade humanities classes as part of their Model Senate unit. In this signature program, the students assume the roles of sitting U.S. Senators and are tasked with creating legislation to address current issues affecting the America people.
The first step in getting a bill passed, according to Hensarling, is to write a good law.
“He highlighted the importance of knowing and understanding the concerns of all stakeholders: constituents, committee members, fellow congressman, outside interests, the media, etc.,” noted David Loveland, Middle School Humanities faculty. “The human and diplomatic process, he stressed, can’t be overlooked.”
Hensarling also offered some tips on debating in the committee hearing; he encouraged students to use facts and logic as their basis, but reminded them to appeal to the humanity in the room. Finally, with his remaining time, he worked directly with the students to markup their bills before they head to a vote later in the week.
“The 8th grade thanks Mr. Hensarling for offering this unique experience and hopefully we will get the opportunity to visit him again when we head to D.C. in March,” said Loveland.