UCR student earns California State Assembly Resolution Award

Author: Malinn Loeung
March 15, 2024

Rayhan Khan and Assemblyman Bill Essayli
Assemblymember Bill Essayli (left) and ASUCR CHASS Senator Rayhan Khan (right)

Rayhan Khan, a second-year political science student at UC Riverside, is the first recipient of the California State Assembly Resolution Award, a new accolade that recognizes a constituent’s impact on the district.

Khan was chosen by Assemblymember Bill Essayli, R-Riverside, and the California State Legislature for his work both as an ASUCR CHASS Senator and as the first intern for Essayli’s office. 

As the ASUCR CHASS Senator, Khan created the “Walk For A Cure” breast cancer awareness event; drafted statements on the Afghanistan earthquakes and the death of ASUCR's first president, Charles Young; and was selected October’s Senator of the Month.  

During his time as an intern in Essayli’s District Office in Corona, California, Khan facilitated communication between constituents and legislative bodies, advocated for crucial issues, and implemented initiatives to enhance the well-being of residents. He made certificates, answered phone calls and emails, and attended events — dedicating his time after classes each day. Khan’s internship started in January 2023 and will continue until he graduates from UCR in 2026. 

“I am proud to commend Rayhan Khan for the outstanding services he has provided to UC Riverside, the constituents of our assembly district, and the people of the State of California,” Essayli said. “I extend my sincere best wishes for his continued success.” 

Khan found this opportunity with Essayli’s office by researching local government internships. He applied and was hired on the spot during his interview. 

“My dedication and contributions as an assembly intern and ASUCR CHASS Senator were aimed at making a meaningful difference in our community and the broader Inland Empire region,” said Khan. “I am grateful for the opportunity to serve and am humbled by the impact of my efforts on our community.” 

The California State Assembly defines a “resolution” as, “A measure expressing the will, wish, or direction of the Legislature.” 

Khan’s award, “Members Resolution No. 130” states, “A dependable, adaptable, and resourceful team player, Rayhan Khan possesses the tenacity and personality to excel in dynamic fast-paced environments, and as an intern, he has rendered outstanding service to the residents of the 63rd Assembly district and people throughout the State.”