The Legislative Affairs Committee shall be responsible for encouraging student participation in the political process and representing the interests of University students, as approved by the Representative Body, in the federal, state, and local government.
- Coordinating UVA’s students political organizations (like the University Democrats and College Republicans) alongside administrative bodies (like the Center for Politics and the Batten School for Public Policy) to get out the vote
- Maintaining the UVAVotes.com website
- Regular visiting the Virginia General Assembly in Richmond to meet with state delegates, senators, and staff
- Annual trip to the U.S. Capital in Washington, D.C. to meet with U.S. Congressman, Senators, staff, and lobbyists
- Representing student concerns to legislators and political decision-makers at the local, statewide, and national level
- Organizing events such as Presidential Surrogate Debates, Election Night Viewing Parties, and Debate Watching Parties for the student body to increase political awareness
Katie Brandon is a third year majoring in Foreign Affairs and a first-year Masters of Public Policy candidate at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. Originially from Fredericksburg, Virginia, she has been actively involved with Virginia state politics since seventh grade when she paged for Speaker Howell in the House of Delegates and has conducted research on youth political participation and voting trends. She has been an active member of Student Council’s Legislative Affairs Committee since her first year.
Outside of Student Council, she is involved in the Jefferson Literary and Debating Society and started the joint faculty-student Electoral Engagement Task Force here at UVA. She loves to cook and is always up for trying new restaurants or watching West Wing!
Zaakir Tameez is a first year that intends to double major in Economics and Politics. Originally from Houston, Texas, has been involved in student political advocacy throughout high school. While a junior, he founded the HISD Student Congress, an organization to represent the voices of the 215,000 students in his school district. Under his lead, the organization transported 100 high school students to the Austin State Capitol for a lobbying effort, coordinated ten students to write an amicus curiae brief for the Texas Supreme Court, and was featured in several news outlets including the Washington Post and NPR’s “Here and Now”. Zaakir has also been active in numerous political campaigns and voting trends research.
Outside of Student Council, he is involved in HackCville’s “Rethink” program, Muslim Students Association, and the University Judiciary Committee. He loves to read, hang out with friends, and drink chocolate milk.