- Hudson Kraus, the student body President at Texas A&M University, has been impeached and removed from office by a 35-15 vote, following allegations of misusing his office.
- The controversy unfolded after Kraus altered a job description to suit his younger brother’s qualifications, a move denounced by the student Senate.
- Kraus has since apologized, stating that he made decisions that were “not indicative of [his] character” to protect a family member and later withdrew an appeal he filed to the Judicial Court of Texas A&M, defending his actions.
In a shocking turn of events, Texas A&M University’s Student Senate voted overwhelmingly to impeach and remove student body President Hudson Kraus from office. This action followed allegations claiming he manipulated his power to benefit his younger brother, also a student at the university.
This impeachment motion against Kraus comes on the heels of members of the student Senate discovering and exposing that Kraus altered a cabinet position job description to align with his brother’s qualifications. This intentional amendment occurred on the very day the student Senate was due to vote on filling said position. The student Senate reacted swiftly, blocking Kraus’ brother from obtaining the cabinet role.
Kraus, realizing the gravity of his actions, apologized privately to the senators, conveying his regret in a letter published by the university’s student newspaper, The Battalion.
He wrote, “As family is incredibly important to me, I just wanted to try and protect my brother and see what was best for him to occur.” He admitted to making “inaccurate decisions” in his attempts to defend his family.
However, his private amends were not enough for some, with senators reportedly seeking a public apology. In response to this unfolding scandal, Kraus sought to appeal to the Judicial Court of Texas A&M, asserting that an error occurred in the student government procedures. The court momentarily granted an injunction, halting the proceedings while the trial was underway.
Despite this, Kraus soon withdrew his appeal. On September 19, he released a statement defending his actions and claiming he had the authority to modify cabinet position qualifications as president.
“I apologized for not proactively communicating my revision of the qualifications when it was read aloud at the general senate meeting and requested an intermediary action as an alternative to impeachment,” Kraus wrote.
Kraus emphasized that impeachment is a drastic measure, reserved for cases of office misuse. He argued that impeaching him would contradict the will of the student body that elected him, stating, “An impeachment would overturn the desires of the Texas A&M student body, who elected me to represent them as Student Body President.”
Details regarding the Senate’s vote are limited, as senators are under a gag order until an official statement is released by the Senate’s Internal Affairs Committee. This isn’t the first time Texas A&M student government has seen impeachment proceedings. In 2014, a similar situation occurred but ultimately failed. Notably, Attorney General Ken Paxton, a former student body president at Baylor University, and other state leaders have held similar student body positions in college.
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