AUSTIN — Members of the 2017 Midlothian Leadership Class and students in the Midlothian Leadership Youth Council (MYLC) recently toured the Texas State Capitol Building, the Texas Supreme Court, and the General Land Office as part of their class curriculum. State Rep. John Wray helped to host the annual trip to Austin.

"It is always wonderful to have groups visit from my district, especially during the legislative session. The visiting groups are able to share in the history of Texas and to see first-hand the workings of their state government," Wray said.

Cammy Jackson, Midlothian Chamber President, shared, “Each year we bring the current class of Leadership Midlothian to Austin to learn more about how our state government works. We always enjoy hearing from our elected officials and spending some time with them. The class thoroughly enjoys the historic tours we take, and the highlight for everyone seems to be the Bob Bullock Museum, where Texas history comes to life for them. "

This year, the trip included students from the inaugural MYLC, which is a newly formed organization created with the Midlothian Chamber of Commerce, the City of Midlothian, Midlothian ISD and REACH Council.

“The idea behind the MYLC is to get the youth of Midlothian interested in our community and what it takes for it to be a vibrant, sustainable place to live," Jackson added. "We want to connect them to the businesses in Midlothian, so they will want to return home after graduating from college – start a business here, raise their family here – and continue to create a prosperous community.”

Leadership Midlothian is sponsored by the Midlothian Chamber of Commerce and serves as an annual learning program for citizens and business professionals of Midlothian who have an interest in becoming involved in the community. Class members participate in a 10-month program that gives them an in-depth look into Midlothian and Ellis County. These individuals gain knowledge about our local education system, local industry, legal system, and health care system, to name only a few areas. Eligible applicants include professionals who live or work in Midlothian or Ellis County.