Sophomore Shadows TN House Representative, Meets Gov. Bill Lee at State Capitol

Avery Webb ’26 enjoyed the opportunity to shadow Rep. John Gillespie in Nashville as he interacted with state officials and legislators, and she even got to meet Tennessee Governor Bill Lee.
Avery Webb ’26 was able to attend a day and a half of the Tennessee legislative session and explore her interest in politics thanks to our college counseling team. She is interested in the legislative process, specifically in the areas of criminal justice, civil justice, and health issues. 

While at the State Capitol, Avery met with state officials including Gov. Bill Lee, Speaker of the House Cameron Sexton, Secretary of State Tre Hargett, State Treasurer David Lillard, Jr., and Comptroller of the Treasury Jason Mumpower. 

“Shadowing Rep. Gillespie expanded my knowledge of what goes on throughout the government to better our state. Each official helped me learn more about how each department acts and deepened my interest in politics,” Avery said. “I learned the importance of taxes, bills, and voting for who represents your district.”

Avery was named an honorary page to the Tennessee House of Representatives by Speaker Sexton in recognition of her outstanding service to the state and extraordinary interest in governmental processes.

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