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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Daniel Yeats



Daniel is a sophomore Economics and Government major from Weatherford, Texas. He is passionate about healthcare, workers’ rights, and economic inequality. His personal interests include playing video games, reading, and hanging out with friends.

Doreen Shi



Doreen is a junior Arts and Entertainment Technologies major from Lubbock, Texas. She is passionate about immigrants' rights, racial justice, and economic inequality. Outside of politics, she enjoys making art, cooking, and needlessly overanalyzing TV shows and movies.

Briana Gonzalez



Briana is a junior Economics major from Austin, Texas. She is passionate about educational equity, affordable housing, healthcare and racial justice. In her free time she enjoys exploring Austin, spending time with family, drinking coffee, and walking her dog. 

Raikolf  Lopez



Raikolf is a junior Government major from Plainview, Texas. He is passionate about economic inequality, immigrants’ rights, and healthcare. His hobbies include hiking, camping, and hanging out with friends.

Joseph Ho-Shing



Joseph is a freshman Biology major from Mission, Texas. He is passionate about reproductive rights, immigrants’ rights, healthcare accessibility, racial justice and economic inequity. His personal interests include consuming overtly artistic films, hanging with friends, and listening to music.

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Brian Peña



Brian is a freshman Plan II/Government/Business major from Weslaco, Texas. He is passionate about greater access to healthcare, worker’s rights, and increased political transparency. His personal interests include writing, Sir Elton John, pin collecting, and Pixar.

James  Hallamek



James is a junior Government major from Cedar Creek, Texas. He is passionate about criminal justice reform, education, and urban density. In his free time he enjoys playing basketball, disc golf, and watching Minnesota Vikings football.