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Getting Started

Texas Torchbearers are everyday citizens committed to advancing self-government by engaging their community and working to hold those in power at all levels of government accountable for their actions.

These are the people willing to roll up their sleeves and sacrifice of themselves to serve others, to shine a light on government, to engage in the political process, and to ensure lawmakers fight for citizens—or be replaced by someone who will.

The Texas Torchbearer Initiative is open to anyone willing to lead by example in their community by exposing what those in power would rather leave hidden.

When you become a Torchbearer, the Empower Texans staff will work with you to build your base of knowledge and help you effectively advocate for the causes you believe in. All while preparing you for effective engagement.

For those Texans willing to be Torchbearers, we provide tools and services to help them lead others and fight for a better Texas. All we ask is that Torchbearers commit to shining the bright light of liberty in their communities and working to ensure that Texas’ lone star shines more brightly than ever.

Performing Activities

There are many ways Texas Torchbearers can make a difference. Here are just a few:

Changing Policy:


Earning Lumens

“Lumen” is a scientific term used to measure the amount of light emitted from a given source. “Torchbearer Lumens” are a patriot’s term used to measure how actively you are fighting for freedom and liberty in your community! Is your torch of freedom burning bright? Here are the ways you can crank up the intensity and earn Lumens with the Torchbearer program:

Earn 50 Lumens
  • Attending a Tea Party or Republican Club meeting
  • Applying an Empower Texans sticker to your car
  • Following Empower Texans’ social media platforms
Earn 100 Lumens
  • Phone-banking for any candidate*
Earn 200 Lumens
  • Block walking for any candidate or slate of candidates*
  • Volunteering at an Empower Texans event
  • If the letter is published
Earn 300 Lumens
  • Sending a Letter-to-the-Editor on state/local issues
Earn 400 Lumens
  • Attending a legislative committee hearing
Earn 500 Lumens
  • Attending a local government meeting
  • Recruiting a new Torchbearer**
Earn 800 Lumens
  • Speaking at a legislative committee hearing
Earn 1,000 Lumens
  • Speaking at a local government meeting
Earn 2,000 Lumens
  • Serve as an officer in a liberty-minded organization for six months***
  • * Lumens awarded on an hourly basis with options of double the lumens per hour on special days determined by Empower Texans
    ** The recruiting Torchbearer will also receive bonus lumens totaling the number the recruit earns in the first month
    *** Lumens awarded on an annual basis

    Reward Tiers

    As a Texas Torchbearer, crank up your Lumens and rack up your rewards!

    Top 3 Highest Earning Torchbearers : Special recognition at the Torchbearers Reception at the GOP Convention

    This year’s rewards tiers:

    Torch Level

    50,000 Lumens

    Earn Custom Boots w/ Empower Texans Logo

    Lantern Level

    20,000 Lumens

    Earn a Texas Torchbearer Hat

    Candle Level

    10,000 Lumens

    Earn a Texas Torchbearer Water Bottle

    Ember Level

    5,000 Lumens

    Earn a Empower Texans T-Shirt

    Spark Level

    2,500 Lumens

    Earn a specialized Torchbearer Lapel Pin
    Special awards will be given to winners in periodical games and projects