Stephens wins state seat during 4-H Congress
Posted: Friday, April 8, 2011 9:08 pm
Obion County 4-Hers recently participated in the 64th annual Tennessee 4-H Congress, with one coming home with a state office.
During this visit, delegates assumed the roles of senators and representatives. Each year one of the Congress highlights is the election of officers, when delegates actually get to use voting machines to select their own State 4-H Congress governor, speaker of the Senate and speaker of the House. A regional caucus is held on Sunday night to nominate candidates to run for office. To be eligible to run for a Congress office, delegates must be approved by the state 4-H office for membership in the Tennessee 4-H Honor Club. Following nominations, the election goes into full swing. Installation of the new officers is held at the final banquet on Tuesday night.
Logan Stephens, Obion County 4-H Honor Club and 4-H All-Star member and a freshman at Obion County Central High School, campaigned for and won the election of speaker of the House, a feat which has not been attained by Obion County delegations since 1957, when Gail Williams ran for and won the campaign for speaker of the House.
Tim Smith, University of Tennessee Extension director for Obion County and 4-H agent for 15 years, said, “The accomplishment Logan Stephens achieved deserves much praise. This was difficult to achieve. Obion County should be proud of this recognition.”
As speaker of the House for the 2012 Tennessee 4-H Congress, Stephens will preside over the 2012 House of Representatives session and speaker of the House luncheon while at 4-H Congress. He will also serve on the 2011-12 State 4-H Council and work with other Congress officers to fully plan events for the 2012 Tennessee 4-H Congress.
According to Richard Powell, UT Extension program leader for the Western Region, “The University of Tennessee Extension Western Region office is delighted that one of our own, Logan Stephens, was elected speaker of The House of Representatives for the 2012 4-H Congress. 4-Hers attending Congress this year really exhibited teamwork and dedication as they worked extremely hard securing this office. By securing this office, Western Region 4-Hers will have a local voice in the planning and development of 4-H events for next year.”
Stephens said he plans to “share the success of benefits that 4-H has given me. It is so awesome to be the first speaker of the House since 1957. Obion County needs all the help that we can get in getting our name out and this is a great way of doing it.”
UT Extension 4-H agent Una Johnson has stated she is very proud of Stephens. “He worked very hard to campaign for and win the majority vote for speaker of the House.”
Obion County has also been represented by Bob Miller when he won speaker of the Senate in 1966 and Sam Williams when he won governor in1964.
Published in The Messenger 4.8.11