NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV)- Former Tennessee House Speaker Glen Casada announced Wednesday he will not seek re-election in November 2022.
Casada, R-Franklin, has served as Caucus Chairman, Majority Leader and Speaker of the House during his 20-year career as a state representative.
“This decision comes after much prayer and thought,” Casada said in a news release. “I am blessed and grateful to have served Williamson County and to have achieved many goals for my constituents, but it is time for a new chapter of public service.”
Casada sponsored the landmark constitutional amendment to ban the personal state income tax and has sponsored numerous conservative, pro-life and pro-business initiatives. Several organizations have honored Casada as the Legislator of the Year throughout his public service career.
“I strongly feel that Katie Beckett will be Glen’s legacy,” Rep. Sam Whitson, R-Franklin, said in a news release.
The 2019 law gave access to life-saving medical treatments and therapies to children with special need. Casada helped secure funding for the program.
“The law would not have been possible without his support and leadership,” Whitson said.
Casada was elected to the House in November 2000 and began his term in January 2001. He worked tireless to support conservative candidates across the state, helping flip the House from Democratic control to Republican in 2008 – the first time the Tennessee House had a Republican majority since 1868.
“Glen’s strong conservative voice will be greatly missed,” Rep. Brandon Ogles, R-Franklin. “Tennessee is better off today because of Glen’s investment in our state.”
“Rep. Casada is a great friend and a tremendous asset to our community,” Sen. Jack Johnson, R-Brentwood. “I am grateful for his conservative leadership and service to Williamson County and Tennessee.”
Casada’s career in the House hasn’t been without controversy.
After being elected Speaker of the House by his Republican colleagues in January 2019, Casada resigned in August 2019 amid a scandal involving racist and sexist text messages as well as additional allegations of misconduct.
Tennessee House Speaker Glen Casada fielded questions Friday about the allegations against him and the multiple calls for his resignation.
In January 2021, federal agents were seen taking boxes out of Casada’s Franklin home. Agents also raided Casada’s office along with three other House members inside the Cordell Hull Building.
Federal agents are reviewing documents taken from the home and offices of multiple Tennessee lawmakers on Friday morning, but the cause of the raids remains a mystery.