At least two in race for House Speaker position, more may run

Politics

Two Tennessee Republican lawmakers are officially in the race for Speaker of the House, while a few more potential candidates are waiting for the resignation of Glen Casada before making a decision. 

On Wednesday, Rep. Matthew Hill (R-Jonesborough), who is currently in the leadership position of Deputy Speaker, became the first announced candidate. 

SEE ALSO: Tenn. State Rep. Matthew Hill to run for Speaker of the Tennessee House

Others interested included current Speaker Pro Tem Bill Dunn, who will assume the duties of the position until a new speaker is chosen, and the current House Republican Caucus Chair Cameron Sexton.

Both have indicated they are waiting to see precisely when Casada will resign and how a new speaker will be chosen, before making their own decision.

Former Tennessee Republican Party Chair Robin Smith, who is a first-term House member, has indicated she is not ruling out a bid for speaker. 

The next speaker will come from Republican ranks because they make up nearly three-quarters of the House.

Speaker Casada received a 45-24 “no-confidence” vote Monday after being ensnared in a scandal that included sharing sexist texts with his now-fired chief of staff.

SEE ALSO: Local representatives cast “no confidence” votes that led to Casada’s resignation

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