Crossville Republican Cameron Sexton has been nominated by the GOP caucus of the Tennessee House of Representatives to serve as the chamber’s highest ranking officer.

State Rep. Cameron Sexton, R-Crossville

The House’s supermajority-strong Republican bloc met in Nashville Wednesday to select a replacement for Glen Casada, who is stepping down as a result of a sex, drugs and racism texting scandal involving his former chief of staff. Casada will resign at the end of this week.

The 48-year-old Sexton currently serves as the GOP caucus chairman. He beat out five other lawmakers seeking the speakership nomination, including Ryan Williams of Cookeville.

Because Republicans vastly outnumber Democrats in the House, Sexton is virtually guaranteed to win the speakership vote when the full chamber convenes in special session next month.