Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell nominated for fourth term

House Speaker Beth Harwell, R-Nashville, speaks during a news conference at the state Capitol in Nashville, Tenn., on Thursday, June 30, 2016, about a health coverage task force's proposals for Medicaid expansion in Tennessee. From right behind her are Republican Reps. Steve McManus of Memphis and Roger Kane of Knoxville. (AP Photo/Erik Schelzig)

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.