Tennessee Intercollegiate State Legislature

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.

JamesMatthewWyattlargerJames Matthew Wyatt
Union University, Jackson
Class of 2019, Political Science
Hometown: Paris, Tennessee

James Matthew will be attending his third General Assembly when he serves as Governor at the 49th General Assembly in November.

He was a lobbyist for the Law Enforcement Firm at the 47th General Assembly and served as Lobbying Director at the 48th General Assembly.

At Union, James Matthew is a brother in the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity, chairman of College Republicans, and Attorney General of the Student Government Association.

James Matthew has worked on several campaigns in West Tennessee and is currently volunteering for a Tennessee gubernatorial candidate.

James Matthew foresees a future in politics and has his eyes set on the White House.

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.

Hannah King
King University, Bristol
Class of 2019; Political Science, History & Psychology
Hometown: Bristol, Tennessee

Briyona Batchelor
University of Memphis
Class of 2020; Hospitality Management & Business Management
Hometown: Memphis

Luke Norton
University of Tennessee at Knoxville
Class of 2019; Business Administration & English
Hometown: Johnson City, Tennessee

Hannah was Assistant Clerk of the House at the 48th General Assembly and a Senator at the 47th.

Secretary of StateAt King University, Hannah is President of College Republicans.

She works full time off-campus as an office manager at King Dental Arts.

Briyona was a Representative for Southwest Tennessee Community College at the 48th General Assembly.

State TreasurerShe graduated from Southwest in May 2018 and was awarded five different degrees.

While attending Southwest, Briyona served two years as the Campus Activity Board President, served as Hospitality Club President and as student chair of the American Culinary Federation.

Once she receives her bachelor's degree, Briyona aspires to open a series of restaurants and food trucks across the state of Tennessee.

Luke was a member of UTK's AMC3 team at the 48th General Assembly, and his team advanced to the semifinals.

Attorney GeneralHe is Treasurer of his university's TISL delegation and is a member of the Business College's Global Leadership Scholars program.

He has competed on the A Team of UTK's mock trial program and works as an actor for law school mock depositions.

Luke is pursuing a career in litigation and will be attending law school next year.

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.

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

Margaret Dupree
Sewanee: University of the South
Class of 2019 Political Science
Hometown: Garrison, New York

Dustin Dias
University of Tennessee at Knoxville
Class of 2019; Political Science & Classics
Hometown: Smyrna, Tennessee

Faith was Speaker of the House of Representatives at the 48th General Assembly; she was a Representative at the 47th..

Lt. Governor & SpeakerAt Rhodes, she participates in a variety of extracurricular activities such as varsity track and field, Rhodes College Diplomats and Ambassadors.

After graduation, Faith hopes to either attend law school and eventually pursue a career in education reform or venture into finance.

After representing Sewanee in the Senate for three years, Margaret will help wield the gavel for her fourth General Assembly.

Speaker Pro Tem of the SenateShe received the Best Senator Award in 2016 and an Outstanding Senator Award in 2017.

As Sewanee's head delegate, she doubled the size of the delegation in three years.

Margaret is an active member on Sewanee's campus, serving as the Chair of the University of the South Honor Council and Theta Pi sorority Rush Chair. She rides on the Sewanee Varsity Equestrian Team and tutors in the Sewanee Writing Center.

She is a proud member of the Order of the Gown, an academic honors society.

Dustin has extensive experience in the TISL judicial branch. Previous positions include Associate Justice (2017), Attorney General (2016) and AMC3 lawyer (2015).

Chief JusticeAdditionally, he served as East Tennessee Outreach Chairman for 2017.

He was also a member of the Howard H. Baker Center for Public Policy's Living and Learning community. He plans to attend law school.

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 Outgoing 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.

Kirk Pinkerton
Austin Peay State University, Clarksville
Class of 2020; Sociology
Hometown: Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Lena Russomanno
Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro
Class of 2020; Political Science
Hometown: Hermitage, Tennessee

Hailey Roberson
Austin Peay State University, Clarksville
Class of 2020; Criminal Justice
Hometown: Rockwood, Tennessee

Kirk was Deputy Clerk of the House at the 48th General Assembly and a Representative from Columbia State Community College for the 47th.

Speaker Pro Tem of the HouseKirk has served on the Supreme Court Nominating Commission, TISL Media Director selection commission and on the Middle Outreach Team.

Kirk was an active member of the Columbia State SGA as a two-term President, a senator and a member of the President's Leadership Society.

He's been active on the Tennessee Board of Regents Student Government Presidents' Council, serving as President in 2017 and Secretary in 2016.

After graduation from APSU, Kirk wants to extend his studies in Sociology and become a professor teaching students about the diverse world at hand.

Lena served in TISL Media for the 48th and 47th General Assemblies from Cumberland University, specializing both years in Social Media.

Speaker Pro Tem of the HouseShe received an Associate's degree from Cumberland in May and will begin at MTSU in the fall.

At Cumberland, Lena was New Member Educator & Vice President of Chapter Education for Alpha Omicron Pi sorority, Treasurer of College Republicans for two terms, and Secretary of the Student Government Association.

She hopes get her Master's degree in Business and to eventually represent her community in the Tennessee General Assembly.

Hailey was CEO of the Law Enforcement lobbying firm at the 47th General Assembly and a Representative the previous year.

Lobbying DirectorBefore APSU, Hailey attended Roane State Community College, where she was an active member of the Honors Program. Hailey volunteers her time in nursing homes visiting residents.

Upon graduation, Roberson wishes to pursue a career in the courts as a Criminal Court judge.

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