Tennessee State Rep. Mark Hall (R-Cleveland) may be one step closer to becoming the next Republican House Majority Whip after state Rep. Rick Tillis (R-Lewisburg) resigned from his leadership post on …
Tennessee State Rep. Mark Hall (R-Cleveland) may be one step closer to becoming the next Republican House Majority Whip after state Rep. Rick Tillis (R-Lewisburg) resigned from his leadership post on Monday.
Tillis resigned from the position after it was learned he was associated with an anonymous Twitter account that contained posts attacking fellow Republicans.
Hall, who had announced his bid for the post in July, told the Cleveland Daily Banner he expected the position will be filled at the next Republican Caucus meeting in November.
“I’m certainly a candidate for it,” Hall said. “We need healing in the Caucus. We are not where we want to be.”
Hall said his goal is to bring his fellow lawmakers together after enduring several months of controversy that resulted in the resignation of House of Representatives Speaker Glen Casada (R-Franklin) after it was revealed he had exchanged several lewd and racist text messages with his Chief of Staff Cade Cothren.
Cothren resigned May 6.
While the texts were not initiated by Casada, he did respond to several in a "joking manner," according to media reports. He later dismissed the texts, describing them as "locker room talk."
Casada resigned his leadership position on Aug. 2. He was replaced by state Rep. Cameron Sexton (R-Crossville) on Aug. 23.
Hall said it is time to move on.
“The controversies have hurt the brand,” he said. “I want to strengthen unity.”
Hall was elected to represent the 24th Legislative District last year, succeeding Kevin Brooks who was elected mayor of Cleveland after serving in the House for 12 years.
He currently serves on the House Property & Casualty Committee, the Health Committee, the Mental Health & Substance Abuse Committee, the House Local Committee and the Property & Planning subcommittee.
Although Hall said there will be other candidates jockeying for the position, he said he felt confident regarding his election chances.
“I got out early and announced,” Hall said. “I feel good about it."
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