Silver Haired LegislatureThe Silver Haired Legislature, or SHL as it is often called, is a formally elected body of citizens 60 years of age and older that promote conscientious legislative advocacy for Missouri's older adults. All members are volunteers who serve without pay. Elections are held annually during the month of May at local area agencies on aging nutrition or senior centers. Senior citizens elect three senators and twelve representatives from each of the ten area agencies on aging for a total of 30 senators and 120 representatives. Following elections, the legislators meet to elect officers and begin to ascertain the needs of seniors in their districts. Bills and resolutions are then drawn up and prepared for presentation at the statewide conference in the fall.

The SHL meets for two days in the fall to conduct a model legislative session. At that time, members present, debate and vote on a pre-prepared docket of bills and resolutions that concern legislation, which affects the lives of not only the elderly but all Missouri citizens. From the docket, five bills having the highest priority are selected as the group’s main focus for the upcoming year.

SHL Delegates convene at the Capitol in Jefferson City each spring for a regular meeting of the Board of Directors as well as a chance to meet with legislators and discuss SHL’s past achievements and current priorities.

Since 1973, the Missouri Silver Haired Legislature has helped advocate for issues faced by senior citizens and shape legislative priorities. Be a part of the process. For more information or questions, please contact:

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You can take part in our mission by subscribing to our legislative and advocacy email program. If you choose to become a subscriber, you will receive time sensitive alerts and updates on the status of proposed legislation that might directly affect you and your loved ones. Visit for more information.

Senior Advocacy Week Virtual Kick-Off Event – February 8, 2022

The SHL conducted their 2022 Senior Advocacy Week, February 7 - 11, 2022, using virtual methods to conduct meetings with their MO Legislators. This is a recording of the virtual ‘kick-off’ event that marked the start of Advocacy Week.

July Proposed Bills Committee and Board of Directors Meetings – July 13-14, 2022

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SHL Annual Session – October 21, 2021

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the SHL conducted their 2021 Annual Session via teleconference call. This is a recording of the virtual 2021 Annual Session.


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Upcoming Events

  • Senior Advocacy Week: January 30 – February 3, 2023
  • Senior Advocacy Week Kick-Off Event: Tuesday, January 31, 2023, 8 AM – 4 PM, Truman Building (490/492) and Capitol, Jefferson City, MO
  • Proposed Bills and Board of Directors Meeting: July 13-14, 2023, Jefferson City, MO
  • Annual Session: October 17-20, 2023: Capitol and Capitol Plaza Hotel, Jefferson City, MO


Contact your local Area Agency on Aging if you are interested in becoming a member of SHL