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The Legislative Branch of the University of North Florida's Student Government is responsible for serving the university's students in the Senate by passing legislation and resolutions on their behalf. The Legislative Branch is also responsible for representing the students in all national, state, local, and university-wide concerns as their elected representatives.

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Senate Seat 1

Rachel Saunders

Junior

Psychology Major

Rachel is currently serving as the Senate President.

 

Rachel is currently serving as Senate President. She is originally from Tampa, FL and is a Junior here at UNF studying a Bachelors of Science in Psychology. She loves taking bike rides, listening to music and going to the beach! Student Government is very important to Rachel, she is always encouraging others to get involved and help advocate for the Student Body. "Senate is the voice of the Student Body and a great avenue to make change."

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Senate Seat 2

Cassidy Rider

Freshman

Biology Major

Elected Fall 2020

 

Cassidy Rider is from Orlando, FL and is a Freshman at UNF majoring in Biology. She enjoys Surfing, playing Basketball, cooking, reading, shopping and mountain hiking. She also loves exploring and learning new things. Cassidy is exceeding grateful to be a part of Student Government and hopes to spread joy and kindness to the Student Body. 

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Senate Seat 3

Gabrielle D'Amico

Freshman 

Political Science and Economics Majors

Elected Fall 2020  

 

Gabrielle is a Freshman at UNF double majoring in Political Science and Economics. As a Senator, she is excited to create change around campus. Gabrielle enjoys cooking, hiking, and anything political. After college, she plans on attending law school and eventually entering the world of politics. Whether its managing a campaign or holding a public office, Gabrielle intends to impact the world positively. 

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Senate Seat 4

Lucas Mougeot

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Senate Seat 5

Matthew Leone

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Senate Seat 6

Matthew Myers

Sophomore

Biology Major

Elected Fall 2020


Matthew Myers is a Sophomore majoring in Biology with a concentration in Marine Biology. He is from Naples, Florida and enjoys working out, being outside in nature and cooking. He would like to see our campus become more sustainable and push for a more inclusive and safe environment.

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Senate Seat 7

Madeline Sharpe

 

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Senate Seat 8

Emily Sullivan 

Freshman

Exercise Science Major, Leadership and Nutrition Minors

Elected Fall 2020  

 

Emily Sullivan is a Freshman in the Honors College. She is currently studying Exercise Science with a minor in Leadership and Nutrition. She is excited to bring new and exciting changes to the campus. Upon graduation, she hopes to continue her education in physical therapy and pursue her PT career in the U.S. Navy. 

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Senate Seat 9

Maxwell Schuchard

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Senate Seat 10

Jack Craig

Sophomore

Accounting Major

Elected Fall 2020

 

Jack Craig is a Sophomore at UNF majoring in Accounting. He is from St. Augustine, FL and is happy to be able make the campus better for students in any way that he can. 

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Senate Seat 11

Jason Bragnaccio 

Sophomore

Elected Fall 2020


Jason Bragnaccio is a Sophomore at UNF, and he has goals of making UNF more fun and inclusive for the students. 

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Senate Seat 12

SaiRahul Kilambi

Senior

Political Science and Information Technology Majors

Elected Spring 2020

 

SaiRahul Kilambi, more commonly known as RK, is a Senior here at UNF and set to graduate in Spring 2021. He's enjoyed UNF to the max. His hobbies include studying in the library, playing basketball, and hanging out with his friends because they are the brightest part of his life.

 

RK is currently serving as the Senate Pro-Tempore.

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Senate Seat 13

Ashley Mason

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Senate Seat 14

Bridget Dinkins

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Senate Seat 15

Khadijah Zahid

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Senate Seat 16

Ellis Levine

Junior 

Computer Science Major, Entrepreneurship Minor

Appointed Fall 2018

 

Ellis is a Computer Science student with a minor in Entrepreneurship in his Junior year at UNF. In his free time, Ellis enjoys making music, practicing programming, and gaming. He has been a proud member of the Budget and Allocations Committee for two years and is very excited to be chairing the committee this year. 

 

Ellis is currently serving as the Budget and Allocations Committee Chair.

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Senate Seat 17

Cora-Grace Smith

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Senate Seat 18

George Faklis

Senior

Accounting Major, Finance Minor

Appointed Fall 2017

 

George Faklis is entering his Senior year at UNF and will be graduating in the Spring of 2021. George is from Tarpon Springs, Florida, and became a Senator. He hopes to continue to serve the student body to the best of his abilities. He also hopes to give back to UNF what it has given him in the last three years.

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Senate Seat 19

Raymon Johnson 

Freshman 

Political Science Major, Education Minor

Elected Fall 2020  

 

Raymon T. Johnson is from Tallahassee, FL, and is studying Political Science with a minor in Professional Education. He is a proud member of the Legislative Branch and aspires to serve the student body well during his first year. In his free time he enjoys listening to music of all genres, getting lost in history books, and taking walks around campus. After he graduates, he hopes to return back to the classroom to teach Social Science courses and eventually run for public office.  

 

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Senate Seat 20

Miranda Bird

Senior

Biology and Political Science Majors, Chemistry and ASL/Deaf Studies Minors

Elected Fall 2020


Miranda Bird is a senior at UNF majoring in Biology and Political Science with minors in Chemistry and ASL/Deaf Studies. Born and raised in Jacksonville, FL, she was homeschooled most of her life and dual-enrolled at FSCJ. She has participated in multiple clubs, discussions, and events at UNF. Some of her top goals in Senate are to ensure transparency, increase diversity, and maximize accessibility. She hopes that all students at UNF will make their opinions known and reach out to their Student Government with all questions and concerns so that our campus can grow better and better.

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Senate Seat 21

Josh Murry

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Senate Seat 22

David Catone

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Senate Seat 23

Alexandria Crotts

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Senate Seat 24

Arquan Joseph

Freshman 

Political Science Major, Law and Philosophy Minor

Appointed Fall 2020


Arquan is a Freshman majoring in Political Science and minoring in Law and Philosophy here at UNF. He is committed to being a voice for his fellow students, and is passionate in promoting cultural diversity. He believes that one must be willing to step out of their personal cultural comfort zone and identify the origin of their prejudice. Arquan lives by the motto of "laying the foundation for many generations to come."

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Senate Seat 25

Selma Besirevic

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Senate Seat 26

Armenay Chakour

Freshman 

Psychology Major

Appointed Fall 2020


Armenay Chakour is a Syrian American born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida. She plans to go to law school in the future as well as potentially working as a profiler for the FBI. She enjoys playing Guitar, playing Basketball, reading, and walking on the beach. Her hopes in Student Government are to make all student voices heard. 

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Senate Seat 27

Malachi Dunn

Sophomore

Political Science Major, Undecided Minor

Appointed Fall 2019

 

Malachi Dunn is 19 years old and from Miami, Florida. He was born on November 6, 2000. He is a Political Science Major with an undecided minor. His goal is to go to law school and continue on the route to eventually hold a political office in the Legislative Branch. He is a proud Christian, plays music, does some screenwriting, and is the middle child of 11 children.

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Senate Seat 28

Sophia Gallo

Sophomore

Political Science Major, Psychology Minor

Appointed Fall 2018

 

Sophia is a Political Science major and Psychology minor at UNF. She is currently a sophomore and was appointed into Senate fall of her freshman year. She plans to go to Law School at UNC Chapel Hill after college. She loves going to the beach and walking in nature.

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Senate Seat 29

Chelsea Ross

Senior

Nursing Major

Appointed Fall 2020

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Senate Seat 30

OPEN

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Senate Seat 31

Thatcher Hart

 Junior     

 Political Science Major

 Appointed Fall 2018

 

Thatcher Hart is from Jupiter, Florida and is studying Political Science here at UNF. Thatcher is very active on campus while being involved in multiple clubs and intramural teams. In his free time, he enjoys listening to music and podcasts, playing sports outside, going to the beach, and reading. Thatcher is very passionate about Student Government and enjoys hearing from the students.

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Senate Seat 32

Jesse Huffman

Sophomore

Political Science Major, Criminal Justice Minor

Appointed Fall 2019

 

Jesse Huffman is a Sophomore at UNF and attended Stanton College Preparatory in Jacksonville. He is excited to be representing his fellow students, and is focused on improving the on-campus life for everybody. He enjoys American politics (which he admits are not always enjoyable), acting, playing video games, and watching sports. After he graduates, he plans on going to law school.

 

Jesse is currently serving as the University and Student Affairs Committee Chair.

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Senate Seat 33

OPEN

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Senate Seat 34

OPEN

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Senate Seat 35

Daniel Lage

Political Science Major

 

Daniel Lage is 21 years old and was born in Miami, Florida. After jumping around majors, he decided to settle on Political Science. His interest in politics as well as wanting to help the student body led him to Student Government. While he has no aspirations of becoming a politician, his pipe dream would be to work for the Prison Policy Initiative. Regardless of what he ends up doing with his life after college, he hopes to have an impact, even if it is a small one, on the lives of the people around him.

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Senate Seat 36

OPEN

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Senate Seat 37

OPEN

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Senate Seat 38

OPEN

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Senate Seat 39

Amelia Simmons

Junior

Communications and Political Science Majors

Appointed Summer 2020

 

Amelia Simmons is going to be a Junior this upcoming year. She is a Communications and Political Science major who was appointed Senator in Summer '20. She is very excited for her upcoming time in Student Government. In addition to Student Government, she stays involved with her sorority and works to keep her academics one of her top priorities because she is planning on attending law school after her time at UNF.

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Senate Seat 40

Nathaniel Rodefer

Sophomore

Undeclared Major, Leadership Minor

Appointed Summer 2019

 

Nathaniel Rodefer is from Tallahassee, Florida, and joined Student Government his first semester at UNF. While he doesn't have a major, he has already achieved his goal of getting out of Tallahassee. Outside of representing the student body and going to class, he can be found skating around campus, thrift-shopping, or at Panda Express.