At the beginning of each six-month legislative session, Congress selects its own leaders from among its membership. Legislative sessions begin on the first Monday of October and the first Monday of April of each year, following that semester's campus-wide IUSG election.
2023 Congressional Leadership
Speaker of the Student Body Congress
The Speaker is elected by Congress by majority vote as the first order of business at the commencement of each six-month legislative session. Any Representative is eligible to serve as Speaker.
The Speaker is the chief of IUSG's legislative branch. Wielding the gavel, the Speaker presides over meetings of Congress and is responsible for ensuring that meetings are conducted fairly, respectfully, and in accordance with Congress's internal rules. The Speaker serves as chairperson of the Steering Committee, which sets Congressional meeting agendas and handles membership-related matters.
Meet the current Speaker below!
Speaker Jack Tyndall, Representative of Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering
Jack is a sophomore from Fort Wayne, Indiana, studying Computer Science. He is serving his third term in Congress. He has previously served as Congress's Clerk, Press Secretary, and Chairman of Committee on Oversight & Reform. In addition to his service in student government, Jack is involved in Indiana University's Ultimate Frisbee Club.
In addition to the Speaker, Congress elects three other officers at the first meeting of each six-month legislative session. Any Representative is eligible to serve in any of these positions.
Meet the current officers below!
Recorder: Violet Landrum, Representative of the College of Arts and Sciences
Violet is a sophomore from Kendallville, IN, studying Clinical Psychology and Counseling. She is serving her second term in Congress. She was elected Recorder in Spring 2023. In addition to her service in student government, Violet is also part of the Nu Rho Psi Honor Society in Neuroscience.
The Recorder is responsible for managing Congressional documentation and records. The Recorder types up the agenda and minutes of each Congressional meeting and distributes them to Representatives. The Recorder oversees Congress's Central Drive, a publicly accessible repository of bills, vote records, agendas, minutes, membership rosters, Congressional rules, and more.
Press Secretary: Jasmine Fan, Representative of Off-Campus Housing
Jasmine is a sophomore from Cincinnati, Ohio, studying Marketing, Psychology, and Business Analytics. She is serving her second term in Congress. She was elected Press Secretary in Spring 2023. In addition to her service in student government, Jasmine is also Marketing Director of the Taiwanese Student Association, an intern in the Kelley Institute for Social Impact, and a mentor in the Hutton Honors Autism Mentoring Program.
The Press Secretary is responsible for Congress's public-facing communications and the Congressional pages here on the IUSG website. The Press Secretary works with the executive-branch Office of Communications and Engagement to co-manage IUSG's social media presence.
Parliamentarian: David Conarty, Representative of the College of Arts and Sciences
David is a sophomore from Fort Wayne, Indiana, studying Political Science and Economics. He is serving his second term in Congress. He was elected Parliamentarian in Spring 2023. In addition to his service in student government, David is also involved in Mock Trial and works as a Resident Assistant in Walnut Grove Center.
The Parliamentarian is Representatives' impartial resource on matters of Congressional procedure. The Parliamentarian is responsible for having a strong understanding of Congress's internal rules and advising Members on how to achieve their desired procedural outcomes. Whenever there is disagreement or dispute among Members on what the proper procedure is in a given situation, the Parliamentarian advises the Speaker on the fair and consistent application of the rules.
Standing Committee Chairs
Each of Congress's five standing committees consists of a number of Representatives assigned by the Speaker. The Speaker appoints one committee member to serve as the committee chairperson. The chair is responsible for presiding over the committee and setting the committee's meeting schedules and agendas.
Meet the current standing committee chairs below!
Chairwoman Abbey Miller, Committee on Equity & Justice
Abbey is a Sophomore from College Park, Georgia, studying Policy Analysis. She is serving her second term in Congress.
Chairman John Lane, Committee on Oversight & Finance
John is a sophomore from Fort Wayne, Indiana, studying Finance and Accounting. He is serving his second term in Congress.
Chairman Dylan Schutte, Committee on Student Life
Dylan is a sophomore from Sunman, Indiana, studying Policy Analysis, Economics, and Political Science. He is serving his second term in Congress. In addition to his service in student government, Dylan is involved in the NextGen Leadership Program, and works as a Cox Civic Scholar as well as a Student Ambassador for Indiana University.
Chairman Alexander Poudrier, Committee on Student Rights & Concerns
Alexander is a junior from Boston, Massachusetts, studying Informatics and Mathematics. He is serving his first term in Congress. In addition to his service in student government, Alexander is apart of IU Army ROTC's Bison Battallion.