August 29, 2019




AUSTIN - Texas State Rep. Ryan Guillen (D-Rural South Texas) recently announced that retired school employees will be receiving a much deserved 13th check of up to $2,400. He said that retirees will be receiving an average $2000 check by mid - September of this year.


"Although they deserve a permanent cost-of-living adjustment, this session we were able to secure a 13th check for school retirees," explained Guillen.         


Specifically, the legislation will require the state to contribute funds to TRS to implement a one time payment (13th check) to retired school employees to receive by the end of this year. Additionally, the bill will provide an incremental increase of the state's contributions to the TRS fund over the 2020-2024 fiscal years, providing for an ultimate increase of 2 percent over the five-year period.

“We also invested into the TRS pension fund to further help the system become actuarially sound and get closer to implementing a permanent benefit increase, added Guillen.

As the cost-of-living increases in this country and health coverage prices continue to grow, Guillen thinks it is vital that the state do its best to provide assistance to the men and women who dedicated their lives toward the education of the future of Texas.

“This bill represents a much deserved win for school retirees," said Guillen, "but we must continue to fight to implement a meaningful benefits increase, and provide them with accessible, affordable, and consistent healthcare."


This year, the 86th legislature passed a public school funding overhaul in HB 3, a bill that Guillen was an author of, changing funding formulas and adding new dollars to the state public education system.


Serving ten rural South Texas counties in the Texas House of Representatives, Ryan Guillen is known for his hard work, fierce independence, and relentless efforts for South Texas families. Recently, Capitol Inside called him a “House Bill Machine,” and a “one-person assembly line for legislation.” Since elected, few other legislators have passed more bills than Guillen. Sign up for updates at,, and