Students at Texas A&M University are strongly encouraged to get involved with their Student Senate and their Student Government Association. The legislative branch essentially serves as the voice of the student body and Senators need your voice to educate them on student opinion and to hold them accountable.
Students are welcome to attend all Student Senate general assembly, special session, and committee meetings, as they are open to the public. Students or student organizations can even address the Senate at these meetings by signing the open forum sheet by the front door. All Student Senate general assembly meetings take place in the Koldus Governance Room on the Texas A&M University campus. Details on upcoming Student Senate meetings can be found on the calendar.
Become a Student Senator
One of the most fundamental ways for a student to get involved with the Student Senate is to run for a seat. Students elect their Student Senators by plurality during the spring semester while freshmen students are allowed to elect two (2) senators in the fall semester. All residency and academic area seats are open to undergraduate as well as graduate students.
Fill a Vacancy
The Student Senate inevitably has vacancies throughout the year, as students graduate, join other branches, or resign from office. Students are encouraged to apply for Student Senator vacancies. Vacancies are announced at the first and fourth general assembly meetings of the fall semester and at the first meeting of the spring semester. Details on Student Senator vacancies will be posted on the Senate News tab.
Questions regarding vacancies should be directed to the Speaker Pro-Tempore of the Student Senate, Clark Finney.
Join the Operations Committee
The Student Senate's Operations Committee serves to assist the Speaker Pro-Tempore in coordinating Student Senate's general assembly and special session meetings and in administering the Senate's internal processes. Students can find out further information about serving on the Operations Committee by contacting Speaker Pro-Tempore, Clark Finney.
Serve as a Liaison
The Speaker of the Senate has the power to create liaison positions between the Student Senate and other student organizations and entities. Questions about possible liaison openings should be directed to Speaker of the Senate, Joseph Hood.
Senate's legislative committees also have certain liaison positions. Questions regarding the availability of liaison positions on the Senate's legislative committees should be directed to the committee's chair. Contact information can be found under the committees page.
Join a Legislative Committee
The Student Senate's legislative committees are also open for students to join as non-voting members. Interested students should attend the committee's meetings and contact the committee's chair for further information on joining the committee. Contact information can be found under the committees page.
The Student Senate's rules and procedures allow students to draft bills to be sponsored by Student Senators. Students interested in drafting legislation should consult the legislation templates found on this website and contact at least one of their Student Senators to sponsor the legislation. Sponsoring legislation is a discretionary decision for Student Senators. Students are strongly encouraged to clearly articulate their legislation in order to convince Senators of its merit.
Sponsored legislation is due to the Speaker of the Senate by 5:00 P.M. Friday before a general assembly meeting. Sponsored legislation may be submitted to the Speaker at firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact Student Senators
Students can also ensure that their voices are heard in the Student Senate by contacting their Student Senators regarding pending legislation or other student issues on campus. Contact information for Student Senators can be found on the senators page. Students are encouraged to clearly articulate their requests for Senators to support or oppose pending legislation.
File a Referendum
Students can also enact measures independent of the Student Senate through a referendum or initiative petition signed by 10% of the student body. Information on filing a referendum or initiative petition can be found by visiting with one of the SGA Advisors in the Student Government Association Office in Koldus 125.
Referendum and initiative petitions must be completed within ten (10) class days of their issuance. Completed initiative petitions must be followed by a vote within fifteen (15) class days. Completed referendum petitions are placed on the ballot for the next general election, unless the petitioner requests for an earlier vote within fifteen (15) class days. Source: Article III Section III Sub-Section (h) of the SGA Constitution (June 2011 Bound Edition of the SGA Code)
Finally, Students can hold their elected representatives accountable by utilizing their power to recall Student Senators who have failed to uphold the honor, dignity, or duties of their office. Information on filing a recall petition can be found by visiting with one of the SGA Advisors in the Student Government Association Office in Koldus 125.
Recall petitions require the signatures of at least 10% of a Student Senator's caucus or 300 students, whichever is smaller, and must be completed within ten (10) class days of their issuance. A recall vote of the Senator's constituency will then be held to remove the Student Senator from office within ten (10) class days. Source: Article III Section II Sub-Section (f) of the SGA Constitution (June 2011 Bound Edition of the SGA Code)
**Other Student Government Opportunities**
Want to get involved in a different branch of Student Government? SGA has over 19 committees and commissions within the Executive Branch, and SGA also has a Judicial Court. Details on the various branches, committees, and commissions of the Student Government Association can be found at http://sga.tamu.edu.