Casada’s former right-hand man is running to succeed him

Rep. Matthew Hill (R-Jonesborough) attends a meeting on Jan. 8, 2019. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

Rep. Matthew Hill, a Jonesborough Republican who served as embattled House Speaker Glen Casada’s right-hand man, says he is running to succeed him.

WJHL-TV reports Hill announced his plans at a Johnson City Chamber of Commerce meeting on Wednesday morning.

Upon his election as speaker in January, Casada named Hill his deputy speaker and chairman of the House Ethics Committee. In that role, Hill pushed through controversial changes to House rules aimed at eliminating statements and announcements by members on the floor, imposed what Hill called a “biblical standard” of two members to file ethics complaints, and drafted an advisory opinion that one member charged was aimed at trying to “rig and predetermine” a favorable outcome for Casada.

It remains to be seen how much support Hill will garner among members who just voted this week that they had lost confidence in Casada over a text message scandal and his heavy-handed leadership style.

20 Responses to Casada’s former right-hand man is running to succeed him

  • James White says:

    But Mr. Hill voted FOR an ARTICLE V Constitutional Convention.
    Will he as Speaker get a Rescindment through the House?

  • Jason Wallflower says:


    We need conservative adults running the show. Neither of the Hill brothers match that description.

  • Lenny says:

    Something about Hill reminds me of Chris Christie.

  • Phil Lassiter says:

    Republicans in Tennessee are trying in earnest to pass this bill. Cameron Sexton is the prime sponsor

  • Elmer Gantry says:

    TNGA Rep. Matthew Hill and his brother, TNGA Rep. Timothy Hill were both raised by their father, Tennessee Public Utility Commission Vice-Chairman Kenneth C. Hill within the now-Kingsport Tennessee Evangelical Methodist Church of America sub-cult of the Evangelical Methodist Church – the Evangelical Methodist Church is itself listed within James R. Lewis’ “The Encyclopedia of Cults, Sects, and New Religions: Second Edition” (2000) on pages 317-318

    • Eddie White says:

      Evangelical Methodist Church came into being to preserve the distinctive Biblical doctrines of primitive Methodism, founded upon the inspiration and authenticity of the Bible and upon the Articles of Religion as set forth by John Wesley. […] the only infallible proof of any genuine church of Christ is its ability to seek and save the lost, to disseminate the Christian spirit and life, to spread scriptural holiness as taught by the Lord Jesus Christ in the Word of God over all lands, and to transform all people through the Gospel of Christ.”[4]- Wikipedia

      This sounds like a real dangerous group of people, or maybe they are just conservative Christians exercising their faith.

      • Elmer Gantry says:

        TNGA Reps. Matthew Hill and Timothy Hill were both brought up within the Evangelical Methodist Church of America (now headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee) and taught to hate “liberal” theology of the mainline Methodist Church (USA), and by extension, taught “cultural separatism” — that is to say, to hate, by extension, liberals (Democrats) in American politics:

        “Evangelical Methodists call upon God’s people to separate from churches or other religious groups that advocate modernism, new evangelicalism, the modern charismatic movement, ecumenism, Roman Catholicism [the Universal Church], cultism and other theological theories which question, add to, subtract from, or twist the Word of God. Evangelical Methodists believe that there is only one true and living God of the Scriptures, and therefore reject all other religious persuasions.”

  • Donna Locke says:

    Perhaps one of the monsters the news media are continually trying to spring from prison will run. They’re already in prison, so this would save a step.

    Meanwhile, in this fake atmosphere of concern about ethics and rules and law and order, how about immigration laws. People not authorized to work in this country are working in Tennessee and being harbored here because of sleights of hand performed in our legislature at the behest of the profiteers, which include legislators. Remember that. Many American workers are trying to survive on stagnant and even falling wages; they aren’t the fat cats getting absurd raises in government.

  • June and bill landrum says:

    Ten legislature please allow speaker pro ten, bill dunn to the speaker post. He has served a long time and has a perfect record. You will not see repeats of yrs gone by under his watch. As a former member of the SEC, legislative employee and served in sen Alexander’s admn, we recommend rep. Bill Dunn of knox co. Please vote for him. We know he isn’t lobbying for the position but it is his Duty

    • Lenny says:

      Alexander is a RINO.

      We want Trump! We want Casada! We want Trump! We want Marsha! We want Trump! We want Hill! We want Trump! We want Jimmy Swaggert!

      Cocaine, alcohol, Hot Chicken, adultery, and FAMILY VALUES for all!

  • Phil Lassiter says:

    The fact you served in Alexander’s adm and recommend Dunn is instant disqualification. Sorry.

    • Lenny says:

      Amen. Alexander is too skinny to be trusted. He’s probably a HUMANE SOCIETY member. We must only elect people with the athletic builds and Christian values of Hill, Gill, Chris “Krispy Kreme” Christie, and Donald J. “Multi-Wife” Trump.

    • Stuart I. Anderson says:

      Now you’re getting the idea Phil! You’ll never believe what satisfaction responses like yours provide to conservatives like myself as reassurance that our efforts aren’t in vain.

    • June landrum says:

      Long ago

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