The House of Delegates convenes meetings during the Annual Session of the Texas Dental Association.

Preliminary* House of Delegates Schedule:
*The start time of any meeting of the House may be changed by the TDA Speaker with House approval, depending on the extent of House business being considered.

Thursday, May 16
8:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Friday, May 17
1:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Saturday, May 18
8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
10:30 AM – Close of business

The House of Delegates is the legislative and supreme governing body of the TDA. The 2024 House of Delegates is composed of 130 voting members, which includes duly elected and installed delegates from each of the 26 components of the Texas Dental Association and the 15 voting members of the Board of Directors. The Speaker of the House of Delegates is the presiding officer and is without vote. The TDA secretary-treasurer is also a non-voting office of the House of Delegates and serves as the Secretary of the House. Finally, there are four student delegates, each elected and installed by their respective dental school; student delegates have full privilege and access to the floor of the House of Delegates but are without the right to vote and may not introduce resolutions.

House Materials
Delegates and alternates will receive their House book in a searchable PDF format. Reference committee reports will be emailed in PDF format to all participants and these reports can be downloaded from any location with internet access. For more information, contact TDA Governance Manager Mr. Terry Cornwell at 512-443-3675, or by email.

ADA/TDA Leadership Candidates Forum
Friday, May 17: 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

In the event there are no contested TDA statewide elections and no participation by candidates for ADA elected offices, the candidate’s forum will not be held.

Caucus Meetings
Friday, May 17 5:30 pm

Get involved by attending divisional caucus meetings and selecting your representatives on the state and national levels. ADA delegates and alternates from your division and the divisional directors of the TDA Board of Directors are nominated in this forum.

Reference Committees
Reference committee hearings offer an opportunity for any member to participate in the TDA policy-making process. All members are encouraged to attend the hearings scheduled on Thursday, May 16. All 2023-2024 resolutions will be discussed in up to potentially five Reference Committees before presentation to the 2024 TDA House of Delegates for policy-making decisions.

Reference Committee A: 10:00 am*
Administration, Budget, Building, House of Delegates, Membership Processing

Reference Committee B: 11:30 am*
President’s Address, Miscellaneous Matters, Component Societies, Subsidiaries, Strategic Planning, Annual Session

Reference Committee C: 1:00 pm*
Dental Education, Dental Economics, Health and Dental Care Programs

Reference Committee D: 2:00 pm*
Legislative, Legal and Governmental Affairs

Reference Committee E: 3:30 pm*
Constitution, Bylaws, Ethics & Peer Review

*Reference Committee assignments and starting times are subject to change.