UF Law Student Daniel Ryan Koslosky Elected to Exclusive National Democratic Committee
First-year University of Florida law student Ryan Koslosky (right) was elected in late January to an exclusive committee charged with helping to write the platform for the national Democratic party. Koslosky earned enough votes from state Democratic leaders to become one of seven people — the only student and only representative from Alachua County in more than 20 years — to be selected for the party’s temporary Standing Platform Committee.
“I am honored by the opportunity given to me to bring issues relating to students and education to the Democratic Party’s 2004 national platform,” said Koslosky, who will attend the Democratic Party Convention July 26-29 in Boston. “Issues such as Federal Pell Grants, scholarships and academic freedom are absolutely paramount in ensuring that every American, regardless of his or her background, is given the opportunity to receive a quality education. I believe the legacy of Bob Graham and Lawton Chiles calls us all to action to ensure that government’s educational policies aim to enable the young to realize their hopes, dreams and aspirations.”
Koslosky is a native of Merritt Island who earned his bachelor’s degree (finance, with highest honors) from UF in 2002 and started law school this semester. His Honor Society memberships include Beta Gamma Sigma, Golden Key, Morter Board Senior and Delta Epsilon Iota. He has earned numerous academic awards and honors and has been active in a long list of student and political organizations. He also has found time to publish articles in the University of Florida Journal of Undergraduate Research (“Formal Constitutional Structure and Macroeconomic Growth in Transition Economies,” May 2002) and Florida International Review (“Trans-Caspian Energy Relations in the Post-Soviet Era,” Winter 2002).
During a 2001 internship in the Washington, D.C. office of U.S. Senator Bob Graham, where he served on a taxation and finance legislative policy group, Graham encouraged Koslosky to become involved in local politics. Koslosky followed his advice, and joined the Alachua County Democratic Executive Committee. He has since worked on a number of campaigns, including Gainesville City Commissioner Warren Nielsen’s re-election bid last year, Bill McBride’s run for governor, Karen Thurman’s campaign for U.S. Congress and the Gore/Liberman campaign in 2000. He has served on the National Platform Committee for the College Democrats of America since 2001, and was chair of the City of Gainesville’s Arbor Day Celebration early last month.
Among other initiatives, Koslosky plans to push for more academic freedom in the classroom and an expansion of educational grant programs.