The legislative branch of the University of Alabama SGA is composed of a group of fifty senators from every college on campus. These senators are elected to a one year term beginning in April. At the beginning of the legislative session, the Senate elects their own leadership in the form of the Speaker of the Senate, the Secretary of the Senate, and committee chairs of the eight standing committees. Currently, the Senate is operated by Speaker Kathryn Hayes. Senate meetings are open to the public and they occur every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in the Ferguson Center Forum unless otherwise specified.

Speaker of the Senate – Kathryn Hayes

Kathryn is a junior from Marietta, Georgia, majoring in Social Work with a double minor in Business and Communication Studies. She also serves as Vice President of Education for Greek Ambassadors, is a member of The Elliot Society, and a member of Lambda Sigma Honor Society. Last year, Kathryn served as a Senator for the School of Social Work, and she is honored to serve as Speaker of the Senate this year. She is excited to work with the Senators, along with the Executive Cabinet to create initiatives that benefits the Alabama student body. Email Kathryn at

Parliamentarian – Hani Razavi

Hani Razavi is a Senior from Daleville, Alabama majoring in Political Science and minoring in Civic Engagement and Leadership. His freshman year he served as an Engagement Ambassador as well as First Year Council as the Parliamentarian. Sophomore year he served as Deputy Director of Communications for the student government. Currently, he serves as SGA’s Senate parliamentarian and is also The Blackburn Institute’s Student Vice Chairman. In his spare time, Hani likes to go on hikes and reading cookbooks. Email Hani at

Secretary of the Senate – Leslie Young

Leslie currently serves as the Secretary of the Senate. She is a senior from Placerville, California, majoring in Communications Studies with a minor in Criminal Justice. She is a member of the Gamma Phi Beta sorority where she found her passion for their philanthropic focus, Building Strong Girls. Leslie volunteers her time working for their national philanthropy, Girls On The Run to promote their focus to young girls nationwide. Leslie also serves as an ambassador for the Office of Military and Veterans Affairs on campus. She and her team have worked to raise awareness for programs and services the University provides to veterans, dependents, and survivors. In her spare time, Leslie enjoys playing golf, cooking, and spending time with her friends. Leslie plans on pursuing a career in public affairs after graduation. Email Leslie at