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Sophomore Paige Comparato was elected speaker of Student Congress by the newly inaugurated members of the 94th Student Congress on Wednesday.

Comparato beat out fellow sophomore Connor Brady by a vote of 20 to 14.

“I want your ideas to be heard and the 94th Congress to be as efficient as it possibly can be,” Comparato said, addressing the undergraduate and graduate members in her opening statement.

Comparato stressed the need for cohesion between the three branches and Student Congress’ committees, as well as a strong effort to create an open and accepting environment.

Brady also stressed cohesion but said he was more intent on creating a trickle-down effect of communication.

Connor Brady was the only candidate for speaker pro tempore, winning the position with 33 votes.

Freshman Brittany Best was elected finance committee chairwoman over fellow freshman Austin Root, receiving 28 of 35 votes.

Travis Crayton was the sole candidate running for rules and judiciary chairman and received 34 votes.

Sophomore Jocelyn Burney was elected oversight and advocacy chairman over Steve Milder, receiving 21 of 33 votes.

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