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Executive Officers

Governor
Elected by Delegates at Large

The Governor presides over the Executive Council. He/She is a member of the TISL Board of Directors and also appoints the justices of the Supreme Court, among many duties.

GovernorKara Gilliam
University of Tennessee at Knoxville
Class of 2018; Pre-Med & History
Hometown: Franklin, Tennessee

Kara will be attending her third General Assembly when she serves as Governor in November.

She was Speaker of the House of Representatives at the 47th General Assembly in 2016 and a Representative in 2015, when she was also Secretary of the General Welfare Committee.

Kara has remained on the Dean's List summa cum laude since completing her first semester at UT, and she plans on attending medical school.

She aspires to become a general surgeon and to pursue public service.

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.

Anne Healy
Rhodes College, Memphis
Class of 2019; Political Science
Hometown: Chevy Chase, Maryland

Jesse Wilder
Belmont University, Nashville
Class of 2018; Business & Pre-Law
Hometown: Nashville

Seth Graves
Union University, Jackson
Class of 2020; Political Science
Hometown: Rossville, Tennessee

Anne was Deputy Secretary of State at the 47th General Assembly and a Tennessee Teachers lobbyist at the 46th.

Secretary of StateOn campus, she is Vice President of Rhodes’ TISL delegation. She is a student tour guide, active in alumni relations and an International Peer Advisor. She is also the junior Panhellenic delegate for Rhodes’ chapter of Kappa Delta sorority.

She interned for her Congressman on Capitol Hill and in his district office in Maryland, as well as working on a campaign in a key swing state.

During the summer of 2017 she interned at the State Department in the Legislative Affairs bureau.

Jesse is serving his second term as State Treasurer. Before that, he was Commissioner of Finance at the 46th General Assembly and a representative at the 45th.

State TreasurerJesse is Membership Director for the Nashville Sunset Rotary Club and Treasurer of the campus chapter of College Democrats. He internied with U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper of Nashville.

Jesse is an entrepreneur, the owner of Wilder Photography Co. and producer of an Internet show called "The Nashville Knack."

He was a Tennessee Scholar at Harpeth High School (Kingston Springs, Tenn.) and involved in the National Honor Society.

Seth was as a senator at the 47th General Assembly.

Attorney GeneralAt Union, he is heavily involved in the Union University Debate Team, is a brother in the Beta Tau chapter of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, and is also a member of the Honors Community.

He is a senator int he Student Government Association and Treasurer for the College Republicans.

After graduation, Seth plans to attend law school at Liberty University with the hopes of becoming a defense attorney.

Ultimately, he would like to serve in public office, and he has his eyes on Washington.

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.

Ronald Elliott
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Class of 2018; Public Policy & Economics
Hometown: Nashville

Nathan Farnor
East Tennessee State University
Class of 2018; Political Science & Communication Studies
Hometown: Erwin, Tennessee

Breydon Horton
University of Tennessee at Martin
Class of 2019; Communications
Hometown: Camden, Tennessee

Ronald was Deputy Clerk of the Senate at the 47th General Assembly in 2016 and a Senator the previous year.

Lt. Governor & SpeakerHe is a member of the Student Government Association at UTC and is a Chancellor's Ambassador.

He is active in College Democrats on campus and president of the Hamilton County Young Democrats.

After graduation, Ronald plans to attend law school and pursue a career in public service and community organizing.

Nathan was the Commissioner of Minority Affairs during the 47th General Assembly and a Representative at the 46th General Assembly.

Speaker Pro Tem of the SenateAt ETSU, he has served as Vice President of the Student Government Association, a member of the National Alumni Association Board of Directors, and the Head Delegate for the ETSU TISL Delegation.

Nathan remains involved in political and civic service by serving as the President of the ETSU College Democrats, Vice President of the Tri-Cities Young Democrats, President of the Model United Nations Delegation, and as an employee in the university’s office of Leadership and Civic Engagement.

He also currently serves as the Student Trustee on the ETSU Board of Trustees.

After graduation, Nathan hopes to pursue a path in civil and human rights law with a focus on issues regarding minority and marginalized populations.

Breydon was a competitor in AMC3 in 2016 and a Representative the previous year, when he won the Carlisle Award.

Chief JusticeHe holds leadership positions in the Student Government Association and the Ned Ray McWherter Institute.

After graduating, Breydon plans to attend law school. He dreams to someday work for the Department of Justice.

Officers of the House of Representatives

Lobbying

Speaker
Elected by the House of Representatives

Speaker Pro Tem
Elected by the House of Representatives

Director
Elected by the Executive Council

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.

The Director organizes and directs the Lobbying Program for the benefit of the approximately half-dozen advocacy firms. The Director is a non-voting member of the Executive Council.

Nick Lembo
Middle Tennessee State University
Class of 2018; Pre-Law & Political Science
Hometown: Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Faith Udobong
Rhodes College, Memphis
Class of 2020; Pre-Law & Political Science
Hometown: Houston, Texas

James Matthew Wyatt
Union University, Jackson
Class of 2019; Political Science & Pre-Law
Hometown: Paris, Tennessee

Nick was a Representative at the 46th and 45th General Assemblies.

Speaker Pro Tem of the HouseOn campus, Nick is involved in Student Government, Mock Trial and Omicron Delta Kappa.

Nick plans on serving as an Intelligence Officer in the United States Navy and obtaining his Juris Doctorate to practice Constitutional Law.

Faith was a Representative at the 47th General Assembly.

Speaker Pro Tem of the HouseAt Rhodes, she participates in a variety of extracurricular activities such as varsity track and field, Rhodes College Democrats and Mock Trial.

After graduation, Faith hopes to attend law school at Columbia University and pursue a career in education reform.

James Matthew was a lobbyist for the Law Enforcement Firm at the 47th General Assembly.

Lobbying DirectorAt Union, he is Chairman of the Union University College Republicans chapter and a member of the Sophomore Council. He is also a brother of the Beta Tau chapter of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity.

James Matthew hopes to enter a dual-degree program to obtain a law degree and a master’s of public policy degree.

After working on several political campaigns, James Matthew foresees a future in public service and is aiming for the White House.

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