Glen Casada

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Glen Casada
Speaker of the Tennessee House of Representatives
Assumed office
January 8, 2019
Preceded byBeth Harwell
Majority Leader of the Tennessee House of Representatives
In office
January 10, 2017 – January 8, 2019
Preceded byGerald McCormick
Succeeded byWilliam Lamberth
Member of the Tennessee House of Representatives
from the 63rd district
Assumed office
January 3, 2003
Preceded byMike Williams[1]
Personal details
Born (1959-08-02) August 2, 1959 (age 59)
Jeffersonville, Indiana, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Children4
EducationWestern Kentucky University (BS)

Glen Casada (born August 2, 1959) is a Republican member of the Tennessee House of Representatives, where he represents District 63 (Williamson County, Tennessee). He is the current Speaker of the Tennessee House of Representatives.[2] He was sworn in to his role as Speaker in January 2019. Casada was previously the Majority Leader of the Tennessee House of Representatives. His opposition to Syrian refugees attracted national attention in the media in 2015.

Early life[edit]

Glen Casada was born on August 2, 1959.[3] He graduated from Western Kentucky University with a B.S. in Agriculture and Education in 1982.[3]

Career[edit]

In 1994, Casada was elected to the County Commission of Williamson County. In 2003, he was elected to the Tennessee House of Representatives.

In 2009, Casada was one of the plaintiffs in a lawsuit in federal court, Captain Pamela Barnett v. Barack Hussein Obama, which claimed that Barack Obama was not an American citizen and therefore ineligible to be President of the United States. Judge David O. Carter ruled that Casada and other state legislators did not have standing to sue, since the supposed harm they feared was "highly speculative and conjectural."[4]

In April 2011, Casada tried to repeal a workplace non-discrimination bill for sexual orientation and gender identity in Nashville.[5][6] In an interview, he explained he was trying to "create a uniform environment across the state, similar to what the interstate commerce clause does for our country."[7] The bill was supported by David Fowler's socially conservative Family Action Council of Tennessee, and the Log Cabin Republicans were opposed to it.[7]

In November 2015, Casada said he wanted to stop admitting Syrian refugees in Tennessee.[8] He also wanted to return those who were already in the state to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.[8][9][10]

In October 2016, Casada ran for re-election against Democratic candidate Courtenay Rogers.[11] Casada won the election by more than 17,000 votes (a ratio of nearly 3 to 1).[12] In February 2017, he was selected as the Republican Majority leader.[13]

Casada voted for Ted Cruz in the Republican primary of the 2016 presidential election, and he voted for Donald Trump in the general election.[14] On March 4, 2017, Casada was one of the main speakers at a rally in Legislative Plaza in Downtown Nashville to celebrate the policies of President Trump.[15][16]

In May 2019, text messages acquired by the USA Today showed that Casada and his chief of staff, Cade Cothren, sent each other racist and sexually explicit text messages. Cothren resigned on May 6.[17][18] Several fellow Tennessee lawmakers have encouraged Casada to resign.[19]

Personal life[edit]

Casada is divorced, and has four children and six grandchildren.[3] He attends the Brentwood Baptist Church.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "TN House 63 Race - Nov 05, 2002". Our Campaigns. Retrieved May 8, 2019.
  2. ^ "Glen Casada elected House speaker as 111th Tennessee General Assembly convenes". The Tennessean. Retrieved January 31, 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d "Representatives – TN General Assembly". tn.gov. Retrieved November 20, 2015.
  4. ^ Order by Judge David O. Carter, United States District Court for the Central District of California
  5. ^ Woods, Jeff (April 12, 2011). "Committee adopts legislation to nullify Metro's anti-bias bill". The City Paper. Retrieved March 5, 2017.
  6. ^ "Statewide legislation could kill anti-gay bias bill". Out & About Newspaper. April 12, 2011. Retrieved March 5, 2017.
  7. ^ a b Stepien, Victor (May 1, 2011). "CAN-DO bill: A flawed Republican rationale". Out & About Newspaper. Retrieved March 5, 2017.
  8. ^ a b Terkel, Amanda (November 17, 2015). "Tennessee GOP Lawmaker Wants To Round Up All Recent Syrian Refugees In The State". The Huffington Post. Retrieved March 5, 2017.
  9. ^ Boucher, Dave (November 17, 2015). "Tennessee GOP leader: Round up Syrian refugees, remove from state". The Tennessean. Retrieved March 5, 2017.
  10. ^ "Tennessee Lawmaker Calls For National Guard To Round Up Syrian Refugees". NPR. November 19, 2015. Retrieved March 5, 2017.
  11. ^ Howze, Ray (October 11, 2016). "Glen Casada faces new challenger in District 63 race". The Tennessean. Retrieved March 5, 2017.
  12. ^ Howze, Ray (November 8, 2016). "Election 2016: Glen Casada retains District 63 seat over Courtenay Rogers". The Tennessean. Retrieved March 5, 2017.
  13. ^ Cothren, Whitt; Klein, Raymond (February 28, 2017). "Tennessee House Republican Caucus Announces Staff Additions, Promotions". Nashville Public Radio. Retrieved March 5, 2017.
  14. ^ Gienapp, Emmett (May 5, 2016). "Tennessee lawmakers throw support behind Donald Trump". Chattanooga Times Free Press. Retrieved March 5, 2017.
  15. ^ "President Trump supporters gather in downtown Nashville for rally". WKRN. March 4, 2017. Retrieved March 5, 2017.
  16. ^ Marshall, Brandon (March 4, 2017). "Groups Clash At President Trump Rally, 2 Arrested". Channel News 5. Retrieved March 5, 2017.
  17. ^ "Glen Casada, Cade Cothren sent sexual texts about women". Tennessean.com. Retrieved May 8, 2019.
  18. ^ Williams, Phil (May 8, 2019). "House Speaker knew text messages were authentic, secret recording reveals". WTVF. Nashville, Tennessee. Retrieved May 8, 2019.
  19. ^ "Some lawmakers call for TN House Speaker Glen Casada to resign over inappropriate text messages (video)". WBIR-TV. Knoxville, Tennessee. May 8, 2019. Retrieved May 15, 2019.
Tennessee House of Representatives
Preceded by
Gerald McCormick
Majority Leader of the Tennessee House of Representatives
2017–2019
Succeeded by
William Lamberth
Political offices
Preceded by
Beth Harwell
Speaker of the Tennessee House of Representatives
2019–present
Incumbent