NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – It took four rounds of voting, but the supermajority of Tennessee House Republicans selected Rep. Cameron Sexton of Crossville as their nominee to be the next speaker.
He won with 41 of the 70 votes cast in the final round.
Because of the supermajority with 73 of the 99 members being Republican, Rep. Sexton is all but assured of becoming speaker when the legislature meets in a special session August 23 to officially vote for the position.
Before the votes, when all six candidates vying for the position made pitches before the other 64 members present, Sexton talked about “getting back to the basics” and “promoting what we have done.”
Sexton is currently House Republican Caucus Chair, a position he has held since January.
A House Republican Caucus meeting August 22 will select a successor to Sexton in his current role.
After receiving a “no confidence” vote in the wake of an office texting scandal and other allegations earlier this year from fellow House Republicans, current Speaker Glen Casada said he would resign August 2.
Sexton received the most votes out of the six total candidates, one of which was Rep. Matthew Hill of Jonesborough.
“Unfortunately we came up four votes short in the third round,” Rep. Hill told News Channel 11. “I am thankful for the support of my family, friends, and colleagues who supported me during this Speakers race. I congratulate Rep. Cameron Sexton on becoming the Republican nominee for Speaker. I remain 100% committed to working for the families of Washington County as their State Representative.”