Unless the unforeseen happens, current Tennessee House Republican Leader Glen Casada will become Speaker when the chamber’s 99-members vote on the position in January.
House GOP lawmakers picked the Franklin Republican during a party caucus meeting Tuesday while electing a slate of new leaders for the upcoming legislative session.
Casada received 47 votes of the 73 House Republicans.
They are expected to be unified in their support of Casada for Speaker against any possible candidate from the minority House Democrats
Casada defeated Reps. Curtis Johnson and David Hawk.
He promised to help re-elect every Republican in the House, add subcommittees and increase the House’s role in the state budget process.
Casada, who has held several leadership positions prior to being nominated for Speaker, told News 2, ” I look forward to working with Governor Lee. He is going to be one of the great ones – that is my prediction.”
Rep. Casada added that he thinks Republican Governor-elect Lee “will be very comfortable” with the proposed new House partnership that includes that increased input in the state budget process.
Casada replaces Speaker Beth Harwell, a Nashville Republican who left the Legislature in an unsuccessful bid for governor.
Sumner County Republican William Lamberth was selected as the next House Majority Leader to replace Casada.
Rep. Cameron Sexton replaces Rep. Ryan Williams as House Republican Caucus Chair
Senate Republicans are expected to pick Speaker Randy McNally to keep his leadership post on Dec. 3.
House Democrats pick their leaders this coming Sunday.