Cameron Sexton - 2019

Rep. Cameron Sexton, R-Crossville (Photo: Tennessee General Assembly website)

NASHVILLE, TN (AP/WSMV) — Representative Cameron Sexton has been officially voted in as Tennessee's new Speaker of the House in a 94 to 2 vote. The two votes were two members not present.

The vote occurred in a special session to replace Former House Speaker Glen Casada, who became mired in a scandal involving sexually explicit text messages.

The Republican-supermajority Legislature will convene Friday for an expected one-day session.

Rep. 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.

Last month, House Republicans nominated Rep. Sexton as Casada's replacement.

Advocates are pressing lawmakers to use the session to expel Republican Rep. David Byrd, who's accused of sexual misconduct by three women nearly 30 years ago.

Sexton has requested the attorney general's guidance on whether the House can expel a lawmaker for decades-old conduct.

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