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.
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.