House GOP nominates Cameron Sexton as new speaker

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee House Republican lawmakers nominated Cameron Sexton to be the new speaker, replacing Glen Casada who is slated to resign over mounting scandals.

During a meeting Wednesday morning at the state Capitol, the House Republican Caucus initially heard from six candidates about their vision for the state of Tennessee and why they should be elected as the new speaker. Once the speeches were completed, members voted for their top pick. The nominee with the least amount of votes was eliminated and the vote was held again.

It finally came down to Sexton and Curtis Johnson.

“I am incredibly honored that my colleagues have chosen to support me as their next speaker, and I look forward to working with them to address the many needs of Tennesseans,” said Sexton. “Together, I know we will continue to build upon the many successful outcomes we have achieved.”

Other lawmakers who offered their names up for the vote included Reps. Ryan Williams, Jay Reedy, Curtis Johnson, Mike Carter and Matthew Hill.

Casada is scheduled to resign as speaker Aug. 2. Casada has faced resignation calls since it was revealed that he exchanged text messages containing sexually explicit language about women with his former chief of staff several years ago, among other controversies.

The GOP-supermajority General Assembly will officially vote in the new speaker during an Aug. 23 special session.

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