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Casada’s resignation as Tennessee House Speaker effective today

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Posted at 7:30 AM, Aug 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-02 13:21:54-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — After months of scandal and controversy, Glen Casada's resignation as Tennessee House Speaker became effective Friday.

NewsChannel 5 Investigates was the first to uncover troubles inside the speaker's office, which included multiple racist and sexual texts between Casada and his former chief of staff, Cade Cothren.

Casada confirmed back in May that he would resign on August 2. His resignation went into effect at 8 a.m.

Casada also requested that Governor Bill Lee call the General Assembly into a special session for legislative business.

Lawmakers are expected to elect a new House Speaker on August 23. Republicans picked Rep. Cameron Sexton (R – Crossville) as their nominee.

Casada, who turns 60 today, will keep his job as state representative for district 63 in Williamson County.

Speaker Pro Tem Rep. Bill Dunn (R-Knoxville) said in a statement: "Today marks the beginning of a new chapter for the House of Representatives. I am eager to move forward so that we can continue to serve our communities and make Tennessee the best state to raise a family, work, and retire."

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View NewsChannel 5's full investigation:

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