SGA’s Capitol Hill visit


The American flag flies above the nation’s capitol building. (Elizabeth Hubbard/TCU360)

By Elizabeth Hubbard, Staff Writer

SGA visited Washington, D.C. last week to represent TCU in the annual Big 12 conference and attend TCU’s 150th anniversary event.

Brandon Fox, John Robertson, Robby Gay, Gracie Harris and Ash Harris represented TCU SGA. The students were joined by Chancellor Victor Boschini, Director of Programs and Execuitve Initiatives Lauren Nixon, Director of Student Activities Kim Turner and Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Kathy Cavins-Tull.

The team met with various  members of the Texas delegation including Republicans Sen, Ted Cruz, Rep. Roger Williams and Rep. Kay Granger. 

The Big 12 encouraged schools to lobby on two main issues: college affordability and mental health resources.

TCU also lobbied against the various endowment taxes for private universities in addition to lobbying for Senate bill 4855, which would allow student-athletes to earn larger compensations for their NIL (name, image and likeness) and hire an agent.

TCU asked that members of Congress consult TCU regarding the latter two issues when the bills appear on the House and Senate floors. 

Williams, who attended TCU, recognized the university on the House floor through a resolution of “150 years of leading on,” said Brandon Fox, TCU’s student body president. 

The SGA team had the opportunity to have lunch with Williams and Granger in the House of Representatives dining center. 

The Horned Frogs also celebrated TCU’s 150th anniversary, which was hosted at District Winery in Navy Yard. TCU alumni gathered from across the Washington, D.C. area to commemorate the sesquicentennial. Others recognized the students as well.

“Multiple times, we were walking through different offices from different states, and people would stop us and say that they had a cousin or family member who went to TCU,” Fox said.