Click here to see the 2018-2019 SGA Student Senate. If you have any questions, please email the Speaker of the Senate, Malin Peterson.

What is Senate?

In April 2015, the former SGA Student Assembly passed a resolution to transition from a governing body of student organizations to a Student Senate representative system. The Student Senate allows for a greater representation of the Butler University student body, as it creates more opportunities for higher engagement and involvement of student leaders, while also serving as an avenue for students to voice campus questions, concerns, and ideas. Senators are responsible for organizing and planning various outreach events on campus to promote unity and bonding within the members of the constituency.  Student Senate is the closest link for Butler students to SGA due to the equal representation of all aspects of the university, but all other officers and boards are also accessible to students.

Who is on Senate?

40 Senators comprise SGA’s student senate: 2 senators from each academic college, 2 senators from each residential area, and 2 senators from each class year. In result, every single Butler student is represented in three unique ways.

Senators are elected each fall semester, with the exception of sophomore, junior, and senior class officers, which are elected in the spring semester. Check out the “Join the Team” tab to learn more about applying.

What does senate do?


  • •Serve as an advocate and representative for his/her respective constituency
  • •Gather and share feedback, thoughts, and concerns from student body at Student Senate meetings
  • •Act as an ambassador for the Student Government Association
  • •Review and provide approval for SGA budget
  • •Work on behalf of students by writing legislation, meeting with faculty and university administrators, and developing student initiatives and projects
  • •Serve on internal Student Senate committees

Senate and its Commissions

In Spring 2019, SGA combined the Senate and Student Initiatives board to allow for more efficiency within the organization in order to form Commissions. Each senator serves one of four commissions. Senate, by virtue of position requirements, must have outreach events with its substituents and thus allows for these students to act in the best interest of the students they represent. These four commissions are the Student Affairs, Academic Affairs, Finance and Facilities, and Senate Steering commissions.