Tennessee Intercollegiate State Legislature

Executive Officers

GovernorGovernor
Elected in Joint Session

Kenneth Taylor
The University of Memphis
Class of 2009; Political Science
Hometown: Dyersburg, Tenn.

Governor Taylor's position at the helm of TISL was preceded by a long list of leadership achievements on his campus, in his community and in his church.

He was a Senator at the 37th General Assembly and was elected to be the Lieutenant Governor and Speaker of the Senate for the 38th General Assembly.

At the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, he was elected Freshmen Senate President. During his term, the Senate revised the orientation program and created the Opening Days Program for incoming freshmen.

After transferring to the University of Memphis for his sophomore year, Kenneth became active with the Mock Trial Team, the Student Government Association, his local church and the Memphis community.

His work on the Mock Trial Team earned him several awards, including Best Witness, regionally and nationally, and Best Lawyer in national competition. Kenneth is the immediate past president of the Mock Trial Club at the University of Memphis and is still active with the organization.

In his Student Government Association, Kenneth served as Chairman of the Judicial Affairs Committee. He was elected by the Student Senate as its Speaker Pro Tem in 2005.

In 2004 Kenneth was named Big Brother of the Year by the Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Greater Chattanooga. Kenneth has served as Big Brother for more than four years. He is also involved in school tutoring, mentoring, and community service programs.

He is Minister of Music for his home church, A New Beginning Ministries of Dyersburg under Pastor Kenneth Taylor, Sr. Under his leadership the NBM Mass Choir was the first choir in his community to be asked to sing for a sitting president (President Bill Clinton).

In Memphis, he is an active member at New Direction Christian Church and volunteers for the church's youth ministry.

Executive Council

State Treasurer
Appointed by the Governor

Attorney General
Elected by the Supreme Court

Secretary of State
Elected by a Joint Session

Chris Drew
Austin Peay State University, Clarksville
Class of 2010; Political Science
Hometown: Clarksville, Tenn.

Thomas Goering
The University of Memphis
Class of 2009; Political Science
Hometown: Memphis

Travis Lockner
East Tennessee State University, Johnson City
Class of 2009; Nursing
Hometown: Erwin, Tenn.

Secretary of StateChris was a Representative at the 37th General Assembly and elected Secretary of State for the 38th General Assembly.

He is the Executive Secretary for the Austin Peay Student Government Association.

Chris is vice president of member development for his fraternity, Sigma Phi Epsilon.

He is a member of the leader honor society Omicron Kappa Delta and the honor society Gamma Beta Phi.

Attorney GeneralTommy was a Representative at the 38th General Assembly.

A legislative intern in Spring 2008, Tommy is also an honors student and a member of the Sigma Alpha Lambda National Leadership and Honors Society, Golden Key International Honors Society, and the Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honors Society. He is active in various volunteer and extracurricular activities.

Before college, Tommy served for six years as a nuclear reactor operator in the Navy where he received numerous awards for leadership and excellence.

State TreasurerTravis was a Representative at the 37th General Assembly and was appointed Deputy Secretary of State at the 38th General Assembly.

He is a SGA Senator, President of the SGA Junior Senate, as well as a member of the Preview and Orientation Leader Organization (POLO).

After graduating from ETSU, he plans to attend law school.

Officers of the Senate

Lt. Governor & Speaker
Elected by the Senate

Speaker Pro Tem
Elected by the Senate

Micah Roeder
Union University, Jackson
Class of 2011; Psychology& Business
Hometown: Earle, Ark.

Tristan Wilkerson
The University of Memphis
Class of 2009; Communications
Hometown: Little Rock, Ark.

Lieutenant GovernorMicah was a Representative at the 38th General Assembly.

He is president of the freshman class at Union and is also president of the pledge class at his fraternity, Alpha Tau Omega.

In high school, he was Valedictorian, captain of the state champion basketball team and Class President during his sophomore and junior years.

Speaker Pro Tem of the SenateTristan was a Senator at the 38th General Assembly and was a winner of the Douglas Carlisle Award as an outstanding delegate.

He is a senator in his Student Government Association, a Student Ambassador and an ambassador for the student events allocations committee.

Tristan is an inner-city schools tutor for the GEAR UP Memphis tutoring program and an executive member of the Black Student Association.

He will be a Spring 2008 Tennessee Legislative Intern and plans to go to law school. He previously studied in Ghana and is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity.

 

Officers of the House of Representatives

Speaker
Elected by the House of Representatives

Speaker Pro Tem
Elected by the House of Representatives

Shannon Hayes
The University of Memphis
Class of 2009; International Studies, Political Science, German, Spanish & Portuguese
Hometown: Memphis

Jonathan Leonard
The University of Tennessee at Knoxville
Class of 2009; Chemical Engineering
Hometown: New Johnsonville, Tenn.

Speaker of the HouseShannon was Deputy Chief Clerk of the House for the 37th General Assembly and Chief Clerk of the House for the 38th General Assembly.

She is the President of the national honor fraternity Phi Eta Sigma, Secretary of the Pre-Law Society, and the Co-Chair of the Focus on Committee for Students Advocating Service.

She will be a state legislative intern for the 2008 session of the state legislature.

Shannon has been a participant in Alternative Spring Break, various election campaigns, LifeBlood and St. Jude's Up 'til Dawn. She has studied abroad in Ireland and Germany.

Speaker Pro Tem of the HouseJonathan was a Representative at the 38th General Assembly.

He is majoring in Chemical Engineering with a minor in Business Administration.

Jonathan is currently president of his delegation at the University of Tennessee. He also formerly served as coordinator of East Tennessee recruiting for the 39th General Assembly. 

Jonathan has served as the Parliamentarian for the Student Government Association’s student senate. He is also an active member of his fraternity Sigma Phi Epsilon, as well as the current Greek Man of the Year at the University of Tennessee.

 

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