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Handing over the gavel

Photo by Photo by: Brian Okosun

Student Body President Hannah Wimberly was sworn in, and Joseph Hood was elected the Speaker of the 69th session of Student Senate Wednesday.

Hood, who ran against Academic Affairs chair Nick Page, won with 41 votes to Page’s 31.

Hood was the finance chair for the 68th session and has been involved with such work as the Wind Chimes Initiative — which introduced wind chimes on campus in an effort to aid students with visual impairments in navigation — and a petition to ensure the Academic Building was not named after former Texas Governor RIck Perry. Immediately following his election, Hood was sworn in and began his duties as the Student Senate Speaker.

“I’m feeling excited,” Hood said. “I’m really looking forward to seeing the work that the 69th Session puts in and the fact that I’m going to be able to serve in that capacity and move the ball forward in things that are important to students.”

Hood said he first plans on sitting down with Wimberly to discuss the goals for next year’s student government, in addition to improving the relationships between senators.

“I’m going to be working really hard at making the Senate body a family,” Hood said. “I think it’s something that’s important, and I think that it’s something that we need to make sure that we do so we can serve the students of Texas A&M.”

Speaker of the 68th session of Student Senate Aaron Mitchell said he is satisfied with Senate’s decision.

“I’m very excited for the 69th Session of Student Senate,” Mitchell said. “ have the utmost confidence in Joseph Hood and his ability to lead our student government as Speaker of the Student Senate”

Finance sophomore Clark Finney and physics senior Cameron Rozean ran uncontested campaigns for Speaker Pro Tempore and Rules and Regulations Chair, respectively.

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