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The new Student Government Association speaker of the senate and senate president pro tempore were elected Thursday night.

At this week's SGA Senate meeting, Meghan Kircher was elected as the new speaker of the senate with a vote count of 18-16-1. Replacing current Cait Zona, Kircher is the president of the Panhellenic Council and was the deputy pro tempore of Legislative Affairs for the 2014-15 year. She ran against Alanna Fulk for the position.

"The reason that I decided to run for speaker is because everything that I've done so far has helped me prepare for it," Kircher said. "By the end of my time as speaker, I would like to see senators more prepared. My goal is to have a really meaningful program ... so that we could all see an improvement in what we're putting out."

After losing the spot for speaker to Kircher, Fulk was nominated on the spot for senate president pro tempore, which she won unopposed 34-0-1. Replacing Sara Gomez, Fulk served as the deputy pro tempore of Senate Operations this past year.

Fulk and Kircher will serve in their positions until the next round of senate elections in October.

Current speaker Zona was recently elected to serve as SGA president, making her the first Panhellenic woman to serve as the university's student body president.

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Nada Hassanein is a Digital Producer for the Central Florida Future. Follow her on Twitter at @nhassanein_ or email her at NadaHCentralFloridaFuture.com.

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