Rep. Carter seeks election as House majority leader

State Rep. Mike Carter, R-Oolewah, has announced he will seek election as state House majority leader, reports the Times-Free Press.

Carter becomes the second Republican legislators to declare plans to see the position since the current majority leader, Rep. Gerald McCormick of Chattanooga, declared he doesn’t want to continue in the position next year. Rep. Glen Casada, currently House Republican Caucus chairman, is also widely expected to seek the position, though he hasn’t announced yet.

“After much consideration and encouragement from House members across Tennessee, I have decided to formally seek the position of Majority Leader for the 110th General Assembly,” Carter said in a letter to fellow Republicans. “I am fully committed to this effort and am asking for your support.”

Carter said his “number one priority is to return the public’s respect to the House of Representatives as a body. I promise to always put the best interests of the Caucus before my own. When it comes to the majority party, the buck will stop with me.”

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