Beth Harwell unopposed in House GOP leadership vote

Beth Harwell unopposed in House GOP leadership vote

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House Speaker Beth Harwell (source: Tennessee House of Representatives) House Speaker Beth Harwell (source: Tennessee House of Representatives)

NASHVILLE (AP) - House Speaker Beth Harwell is unopposed for another nomination in charge of the lower chamber of the General Assembly as she heads into Monday's Republican leadership vote.

The 70-member Republican caucus is scheduled to elect its leaders at its first caucus meeting following this month's elections. While no one has stepped forward to challenge Harwell's bid for a second term, the No. 2 position of speaker pro tempore involves a competition between incumbent Rep. Judd Matheny of Tullahoma and Rep. Curtis Johnson of Clarksville.

Matheny explored a challenge to Harwell for speaker this year before deciding to take another run at his current position.

House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick of Chattanooga is not expected to face opposition, while Rep. Glen Casada of Franklin is poised to return as caucus chairman.

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