The Tennessee House Republican Caucus met July 24 to nominate a candidate to replace state Rep. Glen Casada, R-Franklin, who announced his resignation from the House speaker role earlier this year. State legislators will meet Aug. 23 for a special session to name a new speaker.
House Republicans have named state Rep. Cameron Sexton, R-Crossville, to serve as their nominee when lawmakers meet next month to elect a new speaker. Sexton has served in the Tennessee House since 2011.
Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Scott Golden released a statement shortly following the nomination.
“I’ve known Cameron for more than 20 years, beginning when we both worked for the TNGOP," Golden said. "He has been one of my closest friends in politics and an absolutely wonderful person. The House Caucus made a great choice. Cameron has always put people before politics and I look forward to his leadership of Tennessee.”
While Republicans hold a supermajority in Tennessee state government, House members will still need to hold a vote before a candidate for the speakership can be confirmed.
A request for comment has been made to the Tennessee House Democratic Caucus for this story, which will be updated once it is returned.
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