Embattled Tennessee speaker resigns from leadership role

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee’s embattled House speaker has officially resigned from his leadership role after being plagued for months by multiple scandals involving explicit text messages.

Rep. Glen Casada agreed to step aside as speaker on Friday. The GOP caucus had voted in May that they no longer had confidence in the Republican’s leadership, but Casada only agreed to resign in August.

Speaker Pro Tem Bill Dunn will temporarily take over the role until August 23, when lawmakers are scheduled to vote in a new speaker. Rep. Cameron Sexton has been nominated to lead the Republican-controlled House.

Casada has been dogged by calls to resign since it was revealed he exchanged text messages containing sexually explicit language about women with his fo

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Tennessee House Speaker Glen Casada is expected to resign Friday, months after a scandal surrounding racist and sexist text messages surfaced.

In June, Rep. Casada announced he would step down from his post on August 2. The month prior, his colleagues in the State House voted “no confidence” in Rep. Casada’s leadership.

The House Republican Caucus chose Rep. Cameron Sexton of Crossville as their nominee to replace Rep. Casada. The strong Republican majority in the House makes it likely he will serve as speaker.

The full State House will vote for the new House Speaker on August 22.

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