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Join the only organization that’s advocating for your TRS retirement plan, the Texas Retired Teachers Association.

With more than 250 local chapters and 90,000 members, you’ll find support in every corner of the state.

What We've Accomplished

In 2023, due to TRTA’s strong advocacy efforts, the Legislature appropriated approximately $5 billion in general revenue designated for COLAs and supplemental payments for eligible TRS annuitants, the largest amount ever appropriated from the state using only general revenue funds for a TRS benefit enhancement. TRTA accomplished the following:

  • Worked with the Legislature to pass Senate Bill 10, providing all TRS annuitants aged 70 and older with a supplemental payment and a tiered cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for TRS annuitants who retired as of August 31, 2020 or before.
  • Ensured that the TRS pension fund contribution increases from the state were implemented to help maintain the fund’s actuarial soundness.
  • Launched a successful, comprehensive statewide campaign to support the passage of Proposition 9, a constitutional amendment in the November General Election that provided $3.3 billion in general revenue funds for tiered COLAs for TRS annuitants. Proposition 9 received more votes than any of the other 13 amendments on the ballot!
  • Secured the passage of SCR 28, a resolution urging Congress to repeal GPO and WEP.

In 2021, TRTA’s advocacy added $1 billion of new funding into the TRS pension fund! TRTA accomplished the following:

  • Worked with the Legislature to keep its promise of allocating $5 billion towards TRS.
  • Passed a supplemental payment bill that provided eligible TRS retirees with additional income!
  • Passed a Sunset bill that mandates TRS to be more responsive to member needs, creates an ombudsman at TRS, requires TRS to report bonuses for its investment team, and increases customer service in health care appeals.
  • Passed a Golden Ticket bill that allows retirees who left TRS-Care to rejoin!
  • Passed a return-to-work bill that requires TRS to alert educators before penalizing them for minor infractions.

What You Receive

TRTA also has more than 250 local chapters across the state. Local chapters are the backbone of the organization and provide a great outlet to connect with your fellow retired educators.

Our member benefits include discounts on dental and vision products with no waiting periods and year–round open enrollment. Other great benefits included professional liability insurance, discounts on hearing aids, car rentals and much more!

You also receive our quarterly news bulletin, The VOICE, which keeps our members up-to-date on the latest issues surrounding your retirement benefits. Additionally, you receive Tim Lee’s Inside Line, a weekly email newsletter with legislative updates.

Our voice matters in the Texas Legislature! Your membership supports our grassroots advocacy efforts!

TRTA Membership Year is July 1-June 30. Dues are not tax-deductible and are non-refundable.