Republicans meet July 24 to nominate speaker; Special Session set for Aug. 23


Republicans meet July 24 to nominate speaker; Special Session set for Aug. 23

Governor calls Special Session to replace Casada

By Stephen Elliott

NashvillePost.com

State House Republicans will meet July 24 to pick a nominee for speaker, and a month later the full House will have a chance to vote on that choice at a Special Session of the Legislature.

Gov. Bill Lee announced the Special Session Thursday morning on Twitter.

“It is in the best interest of our State to select a new Speaker of the House, and so I am calling a special session of the General Assembly for August 23 to accomplish that purpose,” Lee wrote.

The caucus voted last month in favor of a no-confidence resolution regarding the leadership of Speaker Glen Casada. The Franklin Republican said he would resign in August following a cascade of negative stories surrounding his time at the helm of the state House and his communications with former chief of staff Cade Cothren.

“Following conversations with our members over the last several days, I am calling a caucus meeting for July 24th to select a Republican nominee for speaker of the House,” House Majority Leader William Lamberth (R-Portland) said in a release. “It is my understanding the governor will announce a date for a special session later this week, and I appreciate his willingness to do so. My colleagues and I are eager to move Tennessee forward.”

The caucus does not yet have a location for the 9 a.m. meeting. With Republicans holding a super-majority in the chamber, their nominee is almost assured to win the job when the full House votes for a leader.

Deputy Speaker Matthew Hill (R-Jonesborough) and Rep. Mike Carter (R-Ooltewah) are among the official candidates to succeed Casada. Caucus Chairman Cameron Sexton is also informally weighing a bid for the top job.

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