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Embattled Tennessee speaker resigns from leadership role

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House speaker Glen Casada announces senior staff

Cade Cothren (right) has been named chief of staff for House speaker Glen Casada. He is the youngest person in state history to serve in the position. 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's embattled House speaker has officially resigned from his leadership role after being plagued for months by multiple scandals involving explicit text messages.

Rep. Glen Casada agreed to step aside as speaker on Friday. The GOP caucus had voted in May that they no longer had confidence in the Republican's leadership, but Casada only agreed to resign in August.

Speaker Pro Tem Bill Dunn will temporarily take over the role until August 23, when lawmakers are scheduled to vote in a new speaker. Rep. Cameron Sexton has been nominated to lead the Republican-controlled House.

Casada has been dogged by calls to resign since it was revealed he exchanged text messages containing sexually explicit language about women with his former chief of staff several years ago, among other controversies.

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