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. Christian Phillips is the Speaker of the 104th Senate. Currently serving his first term in the UNC Senate, Speaker Phillips also represents Carolina’s 5th District.
Christian Phillips is from Raleigh, North Carolina majoring in Journalism. Before attending Carolina, Christian attended the University of South Carolina for two years, serving as the Judiciary Committee Chairman in the USC Senate. Christian previously worked in the USG Vice President’s office and on the Faculty Council before serving as Speaker for the 104th Senate.
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, such as overseeing the compilation of the Legislative Log. 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. Arthi Annadurai is the Speaker Pro Tempore of the 104th Senate. Currently serving her second term in the Senate, Speaker Pro Tempore Annadurai also represents Carolina’s 1st District.
Arthi Annadurai is a senior from Morrisville, NC studying psychology and political science. Arthi previously served as the O&A Vice Chair in the 103rd Senate before serving as the Speaker Pro Tempore for the 104th Senate.