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University Democrats were first registered at the University of Texas at Austin as a student organization in 1953. Since then, we have been committed to promoting progressive values, electing Democratic candidates, and turning Texas blue. You may also know us as Young Democrats and UT Democrats.


Our leadership team, UDLC (University Democrats Leadership Committee), is elected every semester to best serve the interests of our growing organization. As we enter once more into a busy legislative session, UDLC is excited to get students engaged in local politics and voting like never before. 

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Brian Peña



Brian is a government and accounting major from the Rio Grande Valley. Beyond his time with the University Democrats he is proud to serve as the Super Precinct Chair for Travis County Democratic Party. He is passionate about equitable access to polling locations and electing pro student progressive candidates up and down the ballot.

Lindsey Walker



Lindsey is a Sustainability and Geography major from Round Rock, Texas. She is passionate about climate change, reproductive health, education, and voting rights. In her free time she reads, hikes, and agonizes over this newsletter.

Matt McCoy



Matt McCoy is a senior government major from Ft. Worth. His interests include turning Texas blue, and having a little fun along the way. He is passionate about climate policy and public transit and spends his free time cycling and relaxing in a hammock.

Briana Gonzalez


Briana Gonzales Jaramillo is a senior pursuing a Government major and a Business & Public Policy certificate. She was born and raised in Austin, Texas. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her two dogs and trying local coffee shops. Briana is passionate about immigrant rights, equitable healthcare, and protecting public education.

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Nya Jones



Nya is a senior Government major pursuing a certificate in Human Rights and Social Justice. She is passionate about reproductive rights, healthcare, and immigration. In her free time she enjoys listening to music, reading books, and hanging out with her dog.



Denise Porras



Denise is a senior Biology major from El Paso, Texas. She aims to improve public knowledge and engagement regarding climate change, reproductive healthcare, and voting rights. She spends her free time playing volleyball, spending time with her pup, and helping other animals in need.

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