Tennessee House Speaker Glen Casada asked Rep. David Byrd (R-Waynesboro) to resign as chair of the House Education Administration Subcommittee, and the embattled lawmaker agreed, according to a statement released by Casada’s office Thursday.
Rep. David Byrd was accused of sexual misconduct by multiple women for incidents that allegedly took place decades ago when he was a girls basketball coach at Wayne County High School.
Speaker Casada released the following statement Thursday:
“Following discussions with members of the House and after careful consideration, I have formally asked Representative Byrd to step down from his position as Chairman of the House Education Administration Subcommittee. Representative Byrd agrees that this is the best path forward in insuring the House of Representatives can focus on the issues that truly matter to all Tennesseans.
This decision is based on input from members and to continue the orderly operations of the House. I thank Representative Byrd for agreeing to serve in this position, and I am confident this body will be even stronger moving forward.”
Rep. Byrd has not released a formal response about the decision at this time. It is unclear if he will remain a member of the House Education Administration Subcommittee after his resignation from the leadership position.
Byrd is also a member of the House Education Committee, Health Committee, and the Facilities, Licensure & Regulations Subcommittees. He represents the 71st District of Tennessee, which includes Hardin, Lewis, Wayne and part of Lawrence County, and was re-elected in 2018 after the misconduct allegations surfaced.
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