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Students experience legislative process

Students experience legislative process

Posted: Wednesday, December 10, 2008 9:34 am

Students experience legislative process

Jennie Brooks
The University of Tennessee at Martin has several students gaining experience in the state legislature. Three students, Sara Stewart, a senior political science major from Pocahontas; Jennie Brooks, a senior political science major from Martin; and Tianda Harris, a junior marketing major from Martin, will serve as interns in the state legislature in Nashville during spring. UT Martin has participated in the state legislative internship program every year since it began in 1973. In recent years, UT Martin interns have served in key positions with, among others, the offices of the lieutenant governor and the speaker of the house. While each year UT Martin’s interns see the legislative process, the experience for this year’s interns will take on added historical significance as they watch control of both the state house and senate handed over to the Republican Party for the first time in more than 100 years. Stewart is a member of Zeta Tau Alpha, the UT Martin Democrats Club, the Political Science Club and UT Martin Recycles. She hopes to pursue a government career in environmental law. Brooks is active in the Student Government Association, the Peer Enabling Program and in her sorority. Harris wants to pursue a career in international law. All three plan to attend law school after graduation. This year, UT Martin also had four students serving as officers on committees in the Tennessee Intercollegiate State Legislature’s (TISL) mock legislature. Candace Dean, a senior political science major from Martin, served as chairman of the Conservation and Environment Committee. John Johnson, a sophomore political science major from Mt. Juliet, served as secretary of the Higher Education Committee. Christie Rushing, a junior political science major from Humboldt, served as chairman of the Judiciary Committee. Angelia Stinnett, a senior political science major from Jackson, served as vice chairman of the Overflow Committee. UT Martin regularly participated in the TISL in the 1990’s, but is in its first year of participation since it was revived a few years ago. For more information, contact Dr. Chris Baxter, assistant professor of political science, at 881-7367.

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