Rep. Smith hopes to gain support from fellow freshmen in potential Tennessee House speaker bid

Staff photo by C.B. Schmelter / Then-District 26 Republican House candidate Robin Smith speaks during a meet and greet hosted by the League of Women Voters in the Chattanooga Rooms at the University Center on the campus of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga on Sept. 24, 2018.
photo Speaker of the Tennessee House Glen Casada, R-Franklin, is poised to apparently be only the second speaker of the state House to resign his position.

NASHVILLE - As she weighs running for the Tennessee House Republican Caucus nomination to replace current Speaker Glen Casada, who announced he would resign after a GOP no-confidence vote last month, Rep. Robin Smith says an important part of any path to victory would be her fellow freshmen who form nearly a third of the caucus.

"We're the ones bringing ethics reform to the table when others have not," the Hixson Republican said Monday. "I think there's an opportunity for us to stick together as a class. But I'm not going to make that presumption, I'm not going to speak on their behalf."