UT professor: Zack Barth 'passionate about politics for all the right reasons'
UT grad Zack Barth was one of the several people hurt during the shooting at a congressional baseball practice in Virginia on Wednesday.
He's a legislative correspondent for Rep. Roger Williams, and those who know him say he has a strong passion for politics.
UT Professor Sean Theriault told CBS Austin Zack is someone who is destined for a career in political service.
"He's passionate about politics for all the right reasons," Theriault told CBS Austin.
Barth was an undergrad at UT when he met government professor Sean Theriault and took his U.S. Congress class.
"He was just a great student. He was really interested in politics. He was engaged. He was smart," Theriault said.
But when he noticed Zack's passion for politics and community service, he asked him to serve as a research assistant and would later guide him through his honors studies.
"He's someone you definitely want to have involved in politics," Theriault said.
After graduating from UT, Zack served on the Jeb Bush campaign, canvassing for the former presidential candidate across the U.S.
He then moved to D.C. where he now works for U.S. Congressman Roger Williams.
Despite Wednesday's attack, Theriault hopes Zack will hold on to his passionate and charismatic attitude.
"I hope that this doesn't sour his love of politics, but rather, I hope it rejuvenates it," Theriault told CBS Austin.
Zack was released from the hospital after being treated at the hospital for a gunshot wound earlier Wednesday. Rep. Williams says he is expected to make a full recovery.