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Tennessee House GOP nominates Rep. Cameron Sexton as new speaker after Casada scandal

Posted: 6:18 AM, Jul 24, 2019
Updated: 2019-09-10 23:29:52-04
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Tennessee House Republican lawmakers have nominated Rep. Cameron Sexton, R-Crossville, to replace House Speaker Glen Casada, who is slated to resign over mounting scandals.

During a meeting Wednesday morning at the state Capitol, the House Republican Caucus picked from several candidates who expressed interest in claiming Casada's post: Reps. Ryan Williams, Jay Reedy, Curtis Johnson, Mike Carter and Matthew Hill.

Rep. Sexton is set to replace Glen Casada, who 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.

Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Scott Golden released the following statement:

“I’ve known Cameron for more than 20 years, beginning when we both worked for the TNGOP. 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.”

Casada is scheduled to resign as speaker Aug. 2.

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