Minor Spending Summer as Intern
(The following story is being re-printed with the permission of the Williamson Herald, and shares the story of Franklin (Tenn.) native Matthew Minor. He's the son of Piggott native Susan (Wallis) Minor, and her husband Gary, and the grandson of Piggott resident Beverly Wallis, and the late Jamie Wallis. A student at Seton Hall University, in South Orange, N.J., he will be spending the summer as an intern for Tennessee Senator Bob Corker.)
Capitol Hill will soon be imbued with extra southern friendliness from a local Battle Ground Academy graduate. In the coming days, Franklin native Matthew Minor will be heading for Washington D.C. in order to intern under U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tennessee.
The 21-year-old international relations major first became interested in politics due to a high school Comparative Politics class. During that same semester in 2014, the Republican Party took control of the senate. Minor remembered that “once senator Corker became chairman of the foreign relations committee I read a lot about it, did some research and thought wow that’s really interesting.”
The internship itself involves organizing protocol and administration for that very committee.
Since then, Minor has been pursuing a political profession with enthusiastic fervor.
“I would really like to work on Capitol Hill and on foreign policy and legislative issues. I think the dream is to be White House chief of staff someday,” he said.
Yet, with such grand aspirations Minor promises to never forget his roots. He notes that the lessons learned in Franklin will remain with him always.
“This community is our home, and we have to get involved to leave it better than we found it,” Minor said.
“I think we have a similar responsibility on the national stage. I plan on taking Franklin’s civic duty with me to Washington.”
In addition to being inspired by the community as a whole, Minor also met with locally-elected officials before setting off towards Washington. One such individual was Franklin Mayor, Dr. Ken Moore, who gifted the young up-and-comer with wise words and learned guidance about the world of politics.
“He told me to listen,” Minor said. “He told me to listen without prejudice and with an open heart and an open mind.”
Minor was thankful for the teaching words, calling the Mayor’s advice “sage and brilliant.”
In fact, the instructive wisdom has already come in handy. Minor notes that while the reaction to his internship with Corker has been overwhelmingly positive, some have been skeptical of the newfound opportunity.
“At the most one or two people have asked me why I would work for him, but I think it all goes back to listening. I look at it as a chance to have a conversation, not an argument or debate,” Minor said.
Furthermore, while the lessons of his hometown will follow him to the Capitol, the local sensation will be wishing many bittersweet goodbyes. For instance, he will be dearly missed by his former employer, Shelley Moeller. Moeller is president and owner of Harpeth True Value, a local hardware store within Williamson County. When asked of Minor’s impact upon her business, Moeller described him as “personable, and he just does everything. From answering phone calls to sitting in during meetings and helping me with taxes. He helps with every aspect of the store and can handle it all.”
As for what he plans to discover during a semester at Washington, Minor hopes to learn how Washington D.C. functions, and by what means success is achieved in politics. With humble beginnings in Franklin, Minor seems to have a bright future--it would not be surprising to see the name of Matthew Minor on a ballot in the years to come.