Tennessee House GOP nominates Sexton for speaker

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee House Republican lawmakers have nominated Rep. Cameron Sexton to replace the current speaker who is slated to resign over mounting scandals.

After four rounds of voting Wednesday morning at the state Capitol, House Republicans picked Sexton out of six candidates to replace Speaker Glen Casada.

The other candidates who vied for Casada’s post included Reps. Ryan Williams, Jay Reedy, Curtis Johnson, Mike Carter and Matthew Hill.

Casada is scheduled to resign as speaker Aug. 2. Casada has faced resignation calls since it was revealed that he exchanged text messages containing sexually explicit language about women with his former chief of staff several years ago, among other controversies.

The GOP-supermajority General Assembly will officially vote in the new speaker during an Aug. 23 special session.

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