I was born in Philadephia, Pennsylvania, but I got to Texas as soon as I could! Originally, I grew up in Seabrook, Texas. While living there, I attended Bay Elementary School, enjoyed the Kemah Boardwalk, and grew up eating Tookies Hamburgers. Seabrook gave me an excellent start, from providing a wonderful place to grow, to identifying me as "gifted and talented" and selecting me for the WAVE Program. It would not have been easy to get here without their help.

The summer before beginning high school at Clear Lake, my family moved to Brookwood (Middlebrook and Bay Area Blvd, in south east Houston). During high school, I began to understand politics. Both of my parents taught me progressive values, such as the rule of law and due process, equality among all people, the appropriate place for religion in society, and our constant obligation to help those less fortunate then ourselves. But the suburban high school was not always the best place to express these opinions. As times grew more complicated, my world views would inevitably clash with others'. In one of my classes I remember disagreeing with a teacher on the value of the United Nations in the world, and during another class, I pointed out that the Iraq War had not produced weapons of mass destruction despite her thoughts to the contrary. At the same time, there were other Democrats-fewer in number, but greater in steadfastness.
Many people talk about Obama in reference to his 2004 speech. It was an excellent speech, but its effect was not truly known till that November. During the months leading up to the General Election, I wore a John Kerry button each day on my backpack. This invited conversation, especially with those looking for a fight. Despite anything they said, I remembered "every dog has his day", and I waited. Unfortunately on Nov. 2nd, we lost the Presidency by one county in Ohio. It was after this defeat that Obama's speech began to show us the way out of the darkness. We may not have had our day in 2004, but as he says, "Our time is now!"

I graduated high school in 2006 and entered the University of Texas at Austin. At the age of 17, I began an internship with Congressman Lloyd Doggett's campaign. I learned about grassroots campaigning (phone banking, block walking, and volunteer coordination). The next semester, while working in Congressman Doggett's District Office, I learned how Congressmen keep in touch with their constituents. But more importantly, I saw the hard work government officials and their staff do, to make sure their constituents get the help government promises them. This commitment to the people,though not the glamor of Washington, solidified my belief that government may not always be the solution, but it is definitively not the problem.

After my internship in Washington, I was hired to be the Campaign Finance Adminsitrator for Congressman Doggett's campaign. Most students usually see the volunteer side of a campaign, but with this position, I was given the opportunity to learn about the additional administrative and legal skills needed to run a campaign including filing Federal Election Commission and Texas Ethics Commission reports.

During my time at the University of Texas at Austin, I also worked with the University Democrats and recently began meeting with the Texas Young Democrats and College Democrats of America. Our work targeting young peole has been crucial for this election cycle, and I thank the Texas Democratic Party for being so supportive of our efforts. As our shirts say:
It is time for a new generation of leadership, to cope with new problems and new opportunities, for there is a new world to be run.

-John F. Kennedy
On March 4th, I drove down to Houston and voted for the first time on my 19th birthday. I attended the Caucus and was elected the Permanent Chair of the Convention, a Delegate to the Senate Convention, and Delegation Chair.

On March 29th, I attended the Harris County Senate District Convention. There I he seated and coordinated my delegation from Precinct 174. The Obama Delegation then elected me to be their representative to the State Convention.

Meeting Howard Dean At One of His 50 State Strategy Speeches in Austin