Elected by the Senate, the Speaker leads the Legislative Branch. Per the USG Code, the Speaker serves as the Presiding Officer, spokesperson, chief administrator, and highest ranking officer of the Senate body. As such, the Speaker certifies and signs all bills into law along with the Student Body President, certifies and signs all resolutions/acts on behalf of the Senate, and nominates students to various Boards across campus. Furthermore, the Speaker is an ex-officio member of all senatorial committees: Finance, Rules & Judiciary, Oversight & Advocacy, and Ethics. Additionally, the Speaker serves on the Joint Governance Council and on the Carolina Union Board of Directors. Kennith Echeverria is the Speaker of the 100th Senate. Currently serving his third term in the Senate, Speaker Echeverria also represents Carolina’s 3rd District.
Kennith Echeverria is from Fayetteville, North Carolina studying Political Science and Biology in the College of Arts and Sciences at UNC. Before attending Carolina, Kennith attended Westover High School where he was Student Body President. Kennith has been involved in the Executive Branch and Legislative Branch of Student Government prior to being elected Speaker of the Senate. In addition to his other roles, Kennith is an active volunteer in the Fayetteville-Chapel Hill community.
Before serving as Speaker, Kennith served as Speaker Pro Tempore of the 99th Senate, Rules and Judiciary Committee member and Chair of the Select Committee on Academics for the 98th Student Congress, and was a part of the Academic Affairs Committee during 2014-2017. In addition to his roles, Kennith volunteers at the UNC Hospital and is a member of the Manning West Community Government.
Elected by Senate, the Speaker Pro Tempore is the second highest officer of the Senate body. Per the USG Code, the Speaker Pro Tempore is responsible for chairing and maintaining the Senate if the Speaker of the Senate is absent, unwilling, or barred from serving in the capacity. The Speaker Pro Tempore will also handle many administrative duties while in office. The Speaker Pro Tempore shall orient new members of the Senate, and should deliver information to the Speaker of the Senate on a weekly basis. Stephen Wright is the Speaker Pro Tempore of the 100th Senate. Currently serving his first term in the Senate, Speaker Pro Tempore Wright also represents Carolina’s 3rd District.
Stephen Wright is from Hampstead, North Carolina studying Peace, War, and Defense and History in the College of Arts and Sciences at UNC. Before attending Carolina, Stephen attended Topsail High School where he was Student Body Secretary. Stephen has been involved in the Legislative Branch of Student Government prior to being elected Speaker Pro Tempore. He served on the Legislative Staff as parliamentarian of the 99th Senate Session.