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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. 

Brandon Bradley



Brandon is (allegedly) a Senior studying Government. Though initially a military brat, he has called Fort Worth home since ‘08. Politically, Brandon takes particular interest in democratic reform, climate (energy / transportation) policy, and international migration. In his personal time he works as a Substitute Teacher in Austin ISD and will forever be a theatre / debate kid.

Eli Melendrez



Eli is a Senior studying Government and Philosophy. He was born and raised in Houston, Texas and is extremely passionate about labor rights, social equity, education issues, and climate justice. Outside the realm of politics, Eli is an avid photographer and enjoys hiking.

Hector Mendez


Hector is a junior studying Government and communications. He originally was born in Chicago but later moved to San Antonio, Texas where he calls home. Hector is particularly passionate about issues that affect the Latino community like immigration, gun violence and voting rights. Outside of politics, Hector enjoys collecting yard signs and building Legos.

Kevin Roberts



Kevin is currently a sophomore majoring in Government, born in Los Angeles but moved to Fort Worth around 2006. Kevin enjoys photography and strategy games, and is a true OneChicago fan. Politically speaking, Kevin is passionate about social and economic justice, and foreign policy.

Madeline Lane


Madeline is a Sophomore Plan II, history, and psychology major from Grapevine, Texas. She is passionate about voting rights, healthcare, and environmental issues. In her free time Madeline enjoys photography, cooking and baking.

Andre Rezaie


Andre is a Senior studying Architecture. He was born and raised in Austin, Texas and followed his parents’ footsteps to the University of Texas at Austin. Andre is politically passionate about ensuring fair government representation, climate policy, and foreign policy. Andre enjoys both watching and playing sports, listening to music, traveling, hiking, and yes - all things design-related.

Eleanor Walter


Eleanor is a Sophomore Theatre Studies and Government major from Austin, Texas. Coming from a family of teachers, Eleanor is extremely passionate about education policy and the intersection of education with violence prevention and disability advocacy. Outside of politics, she enjoys performing, watching figure skating, and wearing headbands.