Boys Nation

What is Boys Nation?

During the Boys State week two outstanding representatives from each of 48 Boys States are called upon to represent their state at American Legion Boys Nation in Washington, DC. It is here that the young leaders, who had excelled at their respective Boys States, are introduced to the structure and function of the federal government as Boys Nation Senators.

These youthful lawmakers caucus at the beginning of the session, organize into committees, and conduct hearings on bills submitted by delegates to the program. The Boys Nation Senators are instructed on the proper method of handling bills according to the rules of the United States Senate. Actual participation in the political process is highlighted throughout the week to include the organization of party conventions and the nomination and election of a Boys Nation President and Vice President.

The week of government training in the Nation's Capitol combines lectures and forums with visits to federal agencies, institutions, memorials and historical spots in and around Washington. During a visit to Capitol Hill, Boys Nation Senators meet with elected officials from their home states.

Boys Nation visits several historic and governmental sites in and around the Washington, DC area. Included are field trips to Arlington National Cemetery, the monuments and memorials on the National Mall, and a solemn ceremony of laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The students also participate in private tours of the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Capitol and the White House.

Since its beginning in 1946, Boys Nation has seen many of its graduates elected to public offices which include the Presidency of the United States, the United States Congress, as state governors and as state legislators. Many others became inspired to actively work for the campaigns of individuals seeking public office.

Two delegates will represent Texas Boys State at the American Legion Boys Nation program in Washington, DC. Senior staff members nominate candidates based on:

  • general knowledge

  • motivation

  • leadership

  • adaptability to stress

  • oral and written communication

  • personal qualities

  • priorities

  • courtesy, and

  • human relations

The Boys Nation selection committee interviews the nominees and selects two primary delegates to attend the July conference, as well as two back-up delegates in the event the primary delegates cannot attend.


Boys Nation Senators from Texas

Presidents

Vice Presidents

Year

1952
1961
1966
1967
1984
1992
1993
1998
2000

President

Howard W. Norton
Jefferson J. Jarvis
Gray H. Miller
Alan L. Keyes
John Michael Verde
David Henderson
Daryle D. Collins
Kevin Sladek
Justin Chapa

City

Fort Worth
Fort Worth
Houston
San Antonio
Hamshire
San Antonio
Spring
San Marcos
Arlington

Year

1947
1956
1959
1963
2002
2014

Vice President

Roy Lee Dunn
Gerald A. Mays
Herbert L. Wade
Jack W. Hanks, Jr.
Geoffrey Ellis
Louis Lombardo

City

Borger
Dallas
Harlingen
Midland
San Antonio
Arlington