McNally nominated to another two-year term as Senate speaker

Senate Speaker Randy McNally and House Speaker Cameron Sexton await Gov. Bill Lee’s State of the State address in Nashville on Feb. 3, 2020. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

The Senate Republican Caucus has nominated Randy McNally to another term as speaker.

McNally, a retired Oak Ridge pharmacist, first succeeded former Speaker Ron Ramsey in 2017. Some at the time saw him as a transitional figure, but he has since consolidated his leadership position in the upper chamber.

McNally served four terms in the state House before his first election to the Senate in 1986. He is a former chair of the Senate Finance Committee.

The full Senate will officially vote on the speaker in January. But with Republicans holding a 27-6 advantage, it’s largely considered a formality.


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