Tennessee Intercollegiate State Legislature

Executive Officers

GovernorGovernor
Elected by a Joint Session of the Senate and House of Representatives

Gian Gozum
The University of Memphis
Class of 2012; Economics, Asian Studies & International Trade
Hometown: Jackson, Tenn.

Gian was Secretary of State at the 40th General Assembly after serving as a Representative at the 39th General Assembly.

In high school, he was one of 30 students in the United States to be accepted into the Reischauer Scholars Program, which is a long-distance learning course with Stanford University that focuses on Japan’s history, culture, and its relationship with the United States. He also was a member of his high school’s Academic Decathlon team, which won the national competition for Division III in Anaheim, Calif., in 2008.

At the University of Memphis, he is a senator for the Student Government Association, special events chair of the Honors Student Council, and a member of the Emerging Leaders Scholarship Program.

In the summer of 2008, Gian studied abroad in China for three weeks and learned about aspects of the Chinese language and culture. In spring 2009 he participated in a study abroad tour of Germany, Poland, and the Czech Republic and visited sites related to the Holocaust.

In the summer of 2009, he studied in Ingolstadt, Germany at the Ingolstadt School of Management, where he pursued graduate level coursework in game theory and international negotiation.

Executive Council

State Treasurer
Elected by a Joint Session of the Senate and House of Representatives

Secretary of State
Elected by a Joint Session of the Senate and House of Representatives

Attorney General
Elected by the Tennessee Intercollegiate Supreme Court

Will McClure
Union University
Class of 2013; Political Science & Business Administration
Hometown: Huntingdon, Tenn.

Matt Meinel
Vanderbilt University
Class of 2013; History & Public Policy
Hometown: Brentwood, Tenn.

Jackson Sprayberry
Lipscomb University
Class of 2011; Political Science/Communication
Hometown: Rossville, Ga.

Will was a Representative at the 40th General Assembly.

State TreasurerWill is a Provost Scholar at Union. He is a member of the Freshman Council and Honors Community while competing on the Union Debate Team.

During High School, Will was a member of three TSSAA state tournament baseball teams, play-by-play football and basketball commentator, Director of the Sports Page for his school website, and Media Director for his school's sports media guides.

Matt was a Representative at the 40th General Assembly.

Secretary of StateDuring high school, he served as President of a Toastmasters Gavel Club, as Treasurer of the student council, and as captain of his school basketball team. He is a member of the Vanderbilt Navigators leadership team.

Matthew plans on studying abroad in the coming years and attending law school after graduation.

Jackson was an AMC3 lawyer for Lipscomb at the 40th and 39th General Assemblies.

Attorney GeneralHe serves his university as Student Government Vice President and as a Resident Assistant. He also served on the student selection committee for the new dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Lipscomb.

At 17, Jackson was recognized as the youngest political director for a state Senate campaign in Georgia's history by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. In high school, he was also a part of the first moot court case to be argued in front of the Court of Appeals of Georgia as a part of its centennial celebration. He was named an Honorary State Senator by the Lt. Governor of Georgia for outstanding public service and community involvement.

Officers of the Senate

For the Supreme Court

Lt. Governor & Speaker
Elected by the Senate

Speaker Pro Tem
Elected by the Senate

Chief Justice
Elected by the Tennessee Intercollegiate Supreme Court

Justin Lambert
Trevecca Nazarene University
Class of 2011; Chemistry, History & Government Education
Hometown: Centennial, Colo.

Chris McKay
Tennessee State University
Class of 2012; Political Science & English
Hometown: Columbus, Ohio

Daniel Johnson
King College
Class of 2011; English
Hometown: Yorktown, Va.

Justin was a Senator at both the 39th and 40th General Assemblies as well as a Committee Chairman at the 40th.

Lt. Governor & SpeakerHe is a McClurkan Academic Scholarship recipient at Trevecca and is a member of the Tennessee Education Association.  Justin worked on local and statewide political campaigns in Colorado.

Justin serves as a Resident Assistant at Trevecca and has participated in the Trevecca Around the Globe missions program, serving in both Poland and Peru. He also was a long-time volunteer and tour guide for the Trevecca Admissions department.

After graduation, Justin plans to begin teaching high school, while pursuing a graduate degree in education.

Chris was a Senator at the 40th General Assembly and a Representative at the 39th.

Speaker Pro Tem of the SenateHe is vice president of the TSU Branch of Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society and a member of Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law fraternity.

Chris is a member of the TSU Golf Team. He is a part-time English tutor and, at home, a church volunteer.

Chris plans to attend law school after college and is looking for to studying abroad during an upcoming summer.

Dan was appointed to the Supreme Court in 2009 and reappointed in 2010. 

Chief JusticeDan is founder and co-president of the Cardinal Newman Society at King College as well as being the president of the King College Republicans. Dan serves on the Student Advisory Board of the Buechner Institute at King College and is a part of King’s Snider Honors Program.

He was a part of Launch, the new student orientation at King, and is a member of the King College Swim Team.

Officers of the House of Representatives

Speaker
Elected by the House of Representatives

Speaker Pro Tem
Elected by the House of Representatives

Cory Higdon
The University of Memphis
Class of 2012; Political Science
Hometown: Columbia, Tenn.

Katie Bogle
Middle Tennessee State University
Class of 2012; Political Science
Hometown: Christiana, Tenn.

Cory was Speaker Pro Tem of the House at the 40th General Assembly and a Representative at the 39th General Assembly.

Speaker of the HouseOn campus, Cory is Speaker Pro Tem of the Senate for the Student Government Association. He is also ritual chairman and literary chair for the Sigma Chi fraternity at the University of Memphis.

During high school, Cory was national vice chairman of Students for Fred Thompson. He attended three national leadership conferences in Washington. He was a page for the state House of Representatives. He also was a delegate to Boys' State and attended the Governors' School for International Relations.

He plans to attend law school after receiving his bachelor's degree.

Katie was a Representative at the 40th General Assembly.

Speaker Pro Tem of the HouseKatie is the founder and co-president of the MTSU chapter of the Roosevelt Institute. She is in the Honors College and a member of the Honors Student Association.

She spent her freshman year at Harding University. Katie was on the tennis team and was heavily involved in Harding's chapter of the Roosevelt Institute, Honors College, and political organizations on campus.

 

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