Dunn takes over as temporary House speaker

House Speaker Pro Tem Bill Dunn (R-Knoxville) presents school voucher legislation on May 1, 2019. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

With Glen Casada’s resignation fro the House speakership Friday, Bill Dunn (R-Knoxville) takes over until a special session to vote on a new speaker.

Here’s a release from the House Republican Caucus:

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Representative Bill Dunn (R-Knoxville) today in his role as Speaker Pro Tem will begin carrying out the duties of the House Speaker, including calling the August 23rd Extraordinary Session to order and presiding over the election of the next Speaker.

“Today marks the beginning of a new chapter for the House of Representatives,” said Speaker Pro Tem Dunn. “I am eager to move forward so that we can continue to serve our communities and make Tennessee the best state to raise a family, work, and retire.”

Upon Speaker Pro Tem Dunn acceding to the speaker’s role, Republican Majority Leader William Lamberth (R-Portland) stated, “I have always admired Bill Dunn’s commitment to public service, and I know he will provide a steady hand in the Speaker’s office. I look forward to working with him during this upcoming special session as we transition to new leadership under Speaker Select Cameron Sexton.”

Speaker Dunn has served in the General Assembly since 1994. He is currently the longest-serving House Republican member.

7 Responses to Dunn takes over as temporary House speaker

  • Lenny says:

    No comment from Governor Bill “Blanton” Lee? He was on the phone with Windle when the bribe was offered, and he’s the only one with the power to deliver it.

    Where are the texts?

    • LeeAnn says:

      Why should the Governor weigh in on this routine matter? The Speaker resigned, the Speaker pro tem is filling the role until the vote is taken by the House later on. Nothing controversial about this article.

      • Lenny says:

        The Speaker was forced to resign by his fellow House members for heavy-handed tactics and backstabbing including during the voucher vote. Bill Lee has stuck his nose in every other House matter this year and even attempted to bribe a member for a favorable vote. All I’m saying is he’s unusually quiet all of a sudden when he’s usually front and center.

        • Lenny says:

          The reason Bill Lee isn’t included, I would imagine, is because the House is distancing themselves from a sinking ship. Sexton already said he’s going to fight implementation of Blanton’s vouchers.

  • Benton Temple says:

    Bye, Glen. Don’t let the door hit you on the way out, you scumbag.

  • Eddie White says:

    Why is a special session necessary? Bill Dunn can serve in the speakers role until January. A lot of theatrics and wasted taxpayer dollars.

  • Phil Lassiter says:

    It’s not about the $. They have plenty

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