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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.

GovernorJohn Domanski
University of Tennessee at Martin
Class of 2017; Political Science & Marketing
Hometown: Dickson, Tennessee

John will be attending his fifth TISL General Assembly when she serves as Governor at the 47th in 2016.

He was Speaker Pro Tem of the Senate for the 44th and 46th General Assemblies and a Senator and Committee Chair for the 43rd and 45th.

He also served as Supreme Court Nominating Commission Chairman for the 45th General Assembly.

At UTM, John is active in his fraternity, Sigma Phi Epsilon, now serving his fourth year on Executive Council and his second term as President.

He has served the students of UTM in SGA from Freshman Council up to President.

After graduation, he plans to continue his work with The Babb Group Inc. as their Administrative Marketing Coordinator and one day hopes to represent his community in public office.

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.

Marabeth Kennedy
University of Tennessee at Martin
Class of 2017; Political Science
Hometown: Franklin, Tennessee

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

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

Marabeth was a Representative and Chairman of the State and Local Government Committee at the 46th General Assembly in 2015. She was an Alternate Senator and committee Vice Chairman at the 45th.

Secretary of StateShe was Head Delegate for UTM at the 46th when it won the award for Best Delegation. She was a member of the Supreme Court Nominating Commission in 2015.

On campus, she is an Executive Council member of the Xi-Zeta chapter of Chi Omega women's fraternity, Secretary General of UT Martin's SGA, and a Student Ambassador.

Jesse 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's also interning with U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper of Nashville.

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

Dustin was an AMC3 lawyer at the 46th General Assembly.

Attorney GeneralHe belongs to UTK's Speech and Debate Society, where placed multiple times as a freshman. He is also a member of the Howard H. Baker Center for Public Policy's Living and Learning community.

He graduated from Smyrna High School in May 2015 with Honors and Distinction. He volunteered for the Rutherford County Election Commission and was active in Youth in Government, Beta Beta Epsilon, Junior Classical League and LEO Club.

He is currently planning to get a Master's Degree in Public Policy Administration and then attend Law school.

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.

Jordan Long
University of Tennessee at Martin
Class of 2018; Biology
Hometown: Martin, Tennessee

Gilbert Gilchrist
University of Tennessee at Knoxville
Class of 2018; Accounting and Finance
Hometown: Fairview, Tennessee

Riley Walters
Belmont University, Nashville
Class of 2018; Political Science & Economics
Hometown: Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Jordan was a Senator and committee Vice Chairman at the 46th General Assembly.

Lt. Governor & SpeakerOn campus, he's a member of the Student Government Association's Freshman Council and of the Academic Affairs Committee.

He been immersed in politics his entire life. His cousin Roy Herron was a 26-year member of the Tennessee General Assembly and is a former Governor of TISL.

After college, he wants to attend Belmont Law school and earn a certificate in health care law. Jordan wants to be a malpractice attorney.

He plans on starting in the Tennessee General Assembly and then becoming a member of the United States House of Representatives.

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

Speaker Pro Tem of the SenateHe also served as Chairman of the General Welfare Committee in 2015 and is currently president of the UTK TISL Delegation. He is a former Carlisle Award recipient. The issues most important to him are economics, taxes, and business regulation. He is a member of the UT Investment Group.

At UTK, he is a Global Leadership Scholar, and he studied in London for the spring semester in 2016.

He intends to pursue a Master's Degree in Accountancy with a specialization in tax minimization. He plans to become a Certified Public Accountant.

Riley was an Associate Justice of the Court at the 46th General Assembly.

Chief JusticeAt Belmont, Riley is the undergraduate officer of Belmont Law School's chapter of The Federalist Society. He is also the Vice President of the Pre-Law Society and has served as a Congressman on Belmont's Student Government Association.

During the summer of 2015, Riley served as a Congressional Intern for U.S. Congressman Marsha Blackburn in Washington.

After graduation, he plans to attend law school and pursue a career as a federal prosecutor before moving into private practice. He aspires to one day serve on the bench.

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.

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

Eddie Echeverria
Union University, Jackson
Class of 2017; Political Science Hometown: Cordova, Tennessee

Haley Wilson
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Class of 2017; Political Science Hometown: Cookeville, Tennessee

Kara was a Representative at the 46th General Assembly.

Speaker Pro Tem of the HouseAs a high school student, she participated in the YMCA's Youth in Government program and received the Outstanding Delegate Award.

In her free time, you can find Kara having political discussions with her friends or in the laboratory, where she and her research team are developing the field of positron emission particle tracking.

Kara has remained on the Dean's List Summa Cum Laude since completing her first semester at UTK, and she plans to attend East Tennessee State University's Quillen College of Medicine to become a general surgeon.

Eddie was a Senator at the 46th General Assembly and was on an AMC3 team the previous year.

Speaker Pro Tem of the HouseAt Union, he's Senior Class Treasurer. He's been active in the Student Senate since his freshman year, variously representing the Honors Student Association and the Union University Exchange Club.

Eddie attended National Model Congress two years, serving as a Representative the first year and as Speaker of the House the second year.

He plans to go to law school after graduating in May 2017.

Haley was CEO of the Organized Labor lobbying firm at the 46th General Assembly and a lobbyist for the same firm at the 45th.

She is Vice President of the UTC TISL delegation. Within her major, she's focusing on American Studies with a minor in Lobbying DirectorWomen Studies.

At UTC, she is on the Women Investing in Student Empowerment (WISE) Board as Leadership Chair; she plans the annual Women's Leadership Academy. Haley's active in Elect Her, the only program in the United States that teaches women how to run for office.

She is student facilitator for the Step UP! Bystander Intervention Program and is a member of the Gamma Phi Beta sorority.

Haley hopes to one day move to Washington and lobby for women's rights.

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