Tennessee House, Senate Nominations
Tennessee House Republicans elect Casada to replace McCormick as majority leader Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell nominated for fourth term TN Senate GOP unanimously nominates McNally for speaker NASHVILLE - Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell, R-Nashville, today turned back a spirited challenge from Rep. Jimmy Matlock, R-Lenoir City, to become Republicans' nominee for a fourth term as the chamber's most powerful official. The vote was 40 to 30. Harwell, first elected speaker of the GOP-dominated House in 2011, is expected to face little opposition from minority Democrats. Republicans have 74 members to Democrats' 25 in the 99-member chamber.