Tennessee lawmakers elect Sexton as House speaker


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee state representatives have elected a new House speaker after the former leader became engulfed in multiple scandals involving explicit text messages.

Members of the GOP-dominated state House met for a special legislative session Friday to name Republican Rep. Cameron Sexton as leader of the chamber.

Republican Rep. Glen Casada resigned as speaker Aug. 2 after revelations he exchanged sexually explicit text messages about women with his former chief of staff years ago, among other controversies. Casada remains a House member. He was not present at Friday’s session.

Advocates are also hoping lawmakers will oust Republican Rep. David Byrd, who’s accused of sexual misconduct by three women nearly 30 years ago.

Byrd declined to answer questions from reporters on Friday and instead he would have a statement in “late September.”

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