TN Senate GOP unanimously nominates McNally for speaker

House GOP meets later today to pick nominee

FILE - In this Jan. 12, 2016, file photo, state Sen. Randy McNally, R-Oak Ridge, walks past protesters lining the tunnel connecting the legislative office complex to the state Capitol on the opening day of the second session of the 109th General Assembly in Nashville, Tenn. Senate Republicans, who control 28 of 33 seats in the upper chamber of the General Assembly, are scheduled to meet Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016, to nominate their leaders. McNally has been the consensus choice to succeed Speaker Ron Ramsey, who has retired. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

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NASHVILLE - Tennessee Senate Republicans today unanimously nominated Sen. Randy McNally of Oak Ridge as the chamber's next speaker, a position he is certainly guaranteed to win on the chamber floor given the GOP's 28-5 dominance over Democrats in the upper chamber.

First elected to the Senate in 1986 after serving four years in the House, McNally is set to succeed current Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey, R-Blountville, who became the first Republican speaker since post-Civil War Reconstruction days.

McNally was elected without opposition. Republicans expect to elect their nominee as speaker on Jan. 10 when the 110th General Assembly convenes.