Tennessee Intercollegiate State Legislature

Executive Officers

GovernorGovernor
Elected by a Joint Session of the Senate and House of Representatives
(Effective 2011, to be elected by delegates at large.)

The Governor presides over the Executive Council and serves as the CEO under the Constitution. He/She is a member of the TISL Board of Directors and also appoints the justices of the Supreme Court.

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

Cory was Speaker of the house for the 41st General Assembly, Speaker Pro Tem of the House at the 40th and a Representative at the 39th General Assembly. As Governor, he is serving is third term on the Executive Council.

For 2010, he was elected by the Executive Council to the at-large student seat on the TISL Board of Directors.

On campus, Cory has served in his Student Government Association and was also the Pledge Educator for the Epsilon Kappa Chapter of the Sigma Chi Fraternity.

During his collegiate career, Cory served as the Memphis area field director for the Ron Ramsey for Governor Campaign as well as Assistant Campaign Manager for the Charlotte Bergmann for Congress campaign. He is also serving as an intern for State Sen. Dolores Gresham, chairman of the Senate Education Committee.

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

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

Executive Council

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

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

Attorney General
Elected by the Tennessee Intercollegiate Supreme Court

The Secretary of State keeps the official records of TISL and coordinates the flow of legislation at the General Assembly.

The State Treasurer oversees TISL Media and the marketing of TISL merchandise. TISL Store

The Attorney General is the Executive Council's expert on the TISL Constitution and Legal Code. He/She represents the Executive Council before the Supreme Court and leads a team in AMC3.

Jordan Wells
University of Memphis
Class of 2013; Nursing
Hometown: Alamo, Tenn.

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

Tanner Dalton
Lipscomb University, Nashville
Class of 2011; History
Hometown: Murfreesboro, Tenn.

Jordan was an assistant Secretary of State at the 41st General Assembly and a member of Memphis' AMC3 team.

Secretary of StateShe serves as the Parliamentarian of the Freshmen Senate and is heavily involved in all of its functions. She looks forward to participating in SGA in the coming years.

Jordan is in the Helen Hardin Honors Program.

In high school, she participated in many organizations, including a biomedical debate team.

Jordan is looking forward to internships and studying abroad in the future and plans on attending law school after college.

Matt was Secretary of State at the 41st General Assembly and a Representative at the 40th.

State TreasurerThe Executive Council chose him as the at-large student member of the TISL Board of Directors for 2011.

During his time at Vanderbilt, he has been active in several student organizations while earning a spot on the Dean’s List every semester. He is Co-founder and President of Vanderbilt Model Congress, an organization that seeks to facilitate public policy discussion among college students across the nation.

Matt interned for U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn in Washington during the summer of 2010, and he is interning in the office of State Sen. Jack Johnson during the spring of 2011.

After graduation, Matt plans to attend law school.

Tanner was Assistant Attorney General at the 41st General Assembly and previously was a researcher on Lipscomb's AMC3 team during the 40th.

Attorney GeneralAs Assistant AG, he helped with elections as well as participating in the AMC3 competition. 

He serves as a Junior class senator in Lipscomb’s Student Government Association and is the recipient of the Lewis and Leota Maiden merit scholarship in history. He serves on the Student Alumni Association and is a student ambassador for the Career Development Center.

Tanner is on staff as a youth worship leader at LifePoint church and leads worship on a weekly basis.

He is married to Ale Dalton, who was also an Assistant Attorney General at the 41st General Assembly.

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 Supreme Court

The Speaker presides over the Senate and appoints officers such as the Chief Clerk and Sergeant at Arms. The Speaker of the Senate becomes Governor if a vacancy occurs.

The Speaker Pro Tem presides over the Senate in the absence of the Speaker and becomes Speaker if a vacancy occurs.

The Chief Justice leads the judicial branch of TISL.

Chris McKay
Belmont University, Nashville
Class of 2012; International Economics
Hometown: Columbus, Ohio

Michael Sloan
Lipscomb University, Nashville
Class of 2014; Government & Public Administration
Hometown: Columbus, Ohio

Courtnei Secrest
Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro
Class of 2012; Political Science
Hometown: Columbia, Tenn.

Chris was Speaker Pro Tem at the 41st General Assembly, a Senator at the 40th and a Representative at the 39th.

Lt. Governor & SpeakerHe recently transfered to Belmont from Tennessee State University, where he was vice president of the TSU Branch of Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society and a member of Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law fraternity. He was also 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 forward to studying abroad during an upcoming summer.

Michael was a representative at the 41st General Assembly. He was appointed Speaker Pro Tem by the Executive Council after a mid-term vacancy occurred.

Speaker Pro Tem of the SenateMichael was an intern for Sen. Roy Herron, a TISL alumnus, during the 2011 state legislative session.

He was a member of the Freshman Leadership Council at his college in 2010-11.

Michael belongs to the Phi Alpha Delta law fraternity and plans to attend law school after receiving his undergraduate degree.

He is very involved in community activities, including service as a Woodmont Hills Counseling Center tutor, a Red Cross Community Disaster educator and a Homeless Families Foundation youth mentor.

Courtnei was appointed to the Court in 2010. This is her second term as Chief Justice. 

Chief JusticeShe is a member of the MTSU Student Government Association, serving as a Senator for the College of Liberal Arts. She also is a member of the honor fraternity Gamma Beta Phi, dedicated to service and scholarship. In addition, she is an active participant with the NAACP.

During the past school year, Courtnei interned for one of the current gubernatorial candidates for the State of Tennessee. While there she studied the finance, campaign manager, and volunteer coordinator’s positions involved in a political campaign.

As an awarded Minority Teaching Scholar, Courtnei plans to teach secondary education along with pursuing a degree in law after she graduates.

Officers of the House of Representatives

Speaker
Elected by the House of Representatives

Speaker Pro Tem
Elected by the House of Representatives

The Speaker presides over the House of Representatives and appoints officers such as the Chief Clerk and Sergeant at Arms. The Speaker of the House is second in the line of succession if the position of Governor becomes vacant.

The Speaker Pro Tem presides over the House in the absence of the Speaker and becomes Speaker if a vacancy occurs.

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

Shelly Ezell
Union University
Class of 2013; English & Education
Hometown: Alpharetta, Ga.

Katie was Speaker Pro Tem of the House of Representatives at the 41st General Assembly and a Representative at the 40th.

Speaker of the HouseShe is the founder and co-president of the MTSU chapter of the Roosevelt Institute, is in the Honors College and is 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.

Shelly was a Representative at the 41st General Assembly.

Speaker Pro Tem of the HouseAt Union University, Shelly has served as clerk for the Senate and is a member of the Sophomore Council. She competes on the Union Debate Team and is also a member of the Student Tennessee Education Association and Students in Free Enterprise. She is currently serving as an intern with middle school students at her church.

Throughout high school, Shelly was heavily involved in Student Government, Student Council, and Student Senate as well as participating in several leadership conferences, both in the United States and abroad. She has also interned with the Family Foundation of Kentucky.

After graduation, Shelly plans to become a middle school teacher and pursue a graduate degree in education.

 

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