State Rep. Judd Matheny rolled to victory over challenger Scott Price in the general election, but he wasn’t able to win his bid to retain the No. 2 seat in the Tennessee House of Representatives.
Matheny was defeated Monday by Rep. Curtis Johnson of Clarksville during the House Republican caucus for the job of speaker pro tempore. The position is second only to House speaker in terms of its leadership role. The speaker pro tempore is a voting member of all House committees.
Matheny had publicly mulled challenging Beth Harwell for her job as speaker, before deciding to focus on a second term as speaker pro tempore. Harwell was nominated Monday by the caucus for her second term as speaker of the House.
Both positions are elected by the entire 99-member House, but with 70 Republican members, the official votes are expected to be little more than a formality after Monday’s caucus.