2 Candidates Seeking House Speakership, Dunn to Serve as Temporary Replacement

State Rep. Matthew Hill, R-Jonesborough, became the first lawmaker to publicly signal interest in running to succeed House Speaker Glen Casada, who announced on Tuesday he planned to step back from the leadership role, the Nashville Post reports. Joining in the competition today is Rep. Mike Carter, R-Ooltewah, who has sent a letter to Republican colleagues declaring his bid for the speakership, TNJ on the Hill reports. Carter pledges not to change any committee chairmanships, though he calls for an overhaul of the chamber’s rules to promote integrity. Speaker Pro Tem Bill Dunn, R-Knoxville, will take over on an interim basis upon Casada’s resignation, which is expected after he returns from a vacation on June  3.
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