Sen. Jack Johnson elected majority leader in 111th General Assembly

Sen. Jack Johnson elected majority leader in 111th General Assembly

By Stephen Elliott

The Senate Republican caucus on Monday  Sen. Jack Johnson of Franklin as majority leader in the upper house of the General Assembly.

Johnson, 50, succeeds Mark Norris, who resigned after being confirmed as a federal district court judge earlier this year. He was elected to the Legislature in 2006.

Johnson joins a growing contingent of Williamson County Republicans who hold various positions of power in Tennessee, including Governor-elect Bill Lee, U.S. Senator-elect Marsha Blackburn and Speaker of the House nominee Glen Casada.

Lt. Governor Randy McNally (R-Oak Ridge) will likely remain lieutenant governor and speaker of the Senate after the Senate Republican caucus again voted to nominate him for the positions.

The full Senate, controlled by the Republican majority, will formally elect the speaker when it reconvenes next month.

“I am truly humbled to be nominated by my caucus for re-election as Speaker of the Senate,” McNally said in a statement. “It has been the honor of my life to serve my Senate colleagues as speaker and the people of Tennessee as lieutenant governor. We have accomplished many things together but there is still much left to do. I am looking forward to getting to work as we usher in the 111th General Assembly.”

McNally was first elected to the post last year. He succeeded Ron Ramsey.

The caucus on Monday also elected Sen. Ken Yager of Kingston was elected chairman of the Senate Republican caucus. Sen. Ferrell Haile of Gallatin was elected treasurer, Sen. Shane Reeves of Murfreesboro was elected chaplain and Sen. Dolores Gresham was elected secretary.

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