Note: This story was updated at 9:30 a.m. March 25.
Tennessee Senator Randy McNally, an Oak Ridge Republican, will seek to become the next speaker of the Senate.
If elected, McNally would replace Lieutenant Governor Ron Ramsey, a Blountville Republican who recently announced he is not seeking re-election.
McNally, a longtime legislator, is chair of the Senate Finance, Ways, and Means Committee.
“I want to thank Ron Ramsey for his tremendous leadership over these last 10 years,” McNally said in a Thursday press release. “If elected speaker, I will continue to support an independent state Senate, and I will remain committed to keeping taxes low, while maintaining the financial integrity of our state that benefits all Tennesseans.”
In the press release, McNally said he plans to spend his summer and fall working with Ramsey to help Tennessee Republicans maintain and grow their strong majority in the state Senate. [Read more…]