Leadership

Speaker of the House — Cameron Sexton (R–Crossville)

Cameron Sexton was elected 83rd Speaker of the Tennessee House of Representatives on Friday, August 23, 2019. Tennessee’s pragmatic conservative, Sexton has prioritized the health and well-being of our citizens, fought for opportunities for all Tennesseans, and he has championed fiscally responsible initiatives that have led to our state becoming a national economic leader.

Sexton previously served as House Republican Caucus Chairman for the first half of the 111th General Assembly. As Caucus Chairman, Rep. Sexton expanded and grew conservative initiatives under the House Republican Majority over the past six years. Sexton is chief architect of the historic and innovative CARE Plan, which is designed to transform healthcare in Tennessee by creating a patient-centered approach to improve access and the quality of care available to our citizens through Consumerism, increasing Access, improving Rural health systems, and Empowering patients.

Speaker Sexton also chaired the House Health Committee during the 109th and 110th General Assemblies, and he has served as Majority Whip during the 108th General Assembly.  

Sexton holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Tennessee. He and his wife Lacey live in Crossville and they have three children: Greer, Olivia, and Nathanial. He is employed by Cumberland County Bank where he works in Business Development, and he is on the bank’s Board of Directors.

 

House Majority Leader — State Representative William Lamberth (R–Portland)

House Majority Leader William Lamberth represents the 44th District in the Tennessee House of Representatives, which encompasses a portion of Sumner County. The district includes Hendersonville, Gallatin, Portland, Westmoreland, and New Deal. William is a fifth generation resident of Sumner County, a graduate of Portland High School, and he has dedicated his life to serving this community.

Before being elected State Representative, William served as an Assistant District Attorney General in Sumner County. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and earned his Juris Doctor from the College of William and Mary.

As a State Representative, William has been a strong advocate for creating an environment in Tennessee where businesses can grow and thrive. He is a steadfast defender of the unborn, and a resolute protector of our 2nd Amendment right to bear arms. 

A former Chairman of the House Criminal Justice Committee, William has prioritized the safety of the citizens of his community and Tennessee. He has championed legislation to impose stricter penalties for those who commit the most heinous of crimes, while at the same time allowing for rehabilitation programs for those who sincerely seek to reform their lives by rejoining society in a positive way.

As Majority Leader, William provides direction and coordination relating to all legislation of interest to the House Republican Caucus. He is the main sponsor of Governor Lee’s legislative agenda, and also the chief negotiator with the Executive Branch, and members of Democratic House leadership.   

In addition to his work as a leader of our General Assembly, William is heavily involved in the daily life of his community. He serves as Chairman of the Portland Community Education Foundation, is a board member of both Children Are People, Inc. and Historic Rock Castle, and was previously the President of both the Gallatin Rotary Club and Sumner County Bar Association. 

William and his family are active members of the First Baptist Church and regularly participate in mission trips to Honduras with the Middle Tennessee Mission Outreach. He is also an outspoken supporter of pro-life causes such as Decisions, Choices and Options. William met his wife, Lauren, during law school, and they have two amazing children, Allison and Pierce, ages 10 and 8.

 

Republican Caucus Chairman — State Representative Jeremy Faison (R–Cosby)

On Aug. 22, Jeremy Faison was elected by his peers to serve as Republican Caucus Chairman for the remainder of the 111th Tennessee General Assembly. 

Faison was first elected to represent Tennessee’s 11th district in 2010. He has served the citizens of Cocke, Greene, and Jefferson Counties during the 107th through the 111th General Assemblies and has previously chaired the House Government Operations Committee.  

As Republican Caucus Chairman, Faison is the second ranking officer of the Caucus. His responsibilities include presiding over and calling Caucus meetings; providing a forum whereby the will of the majority shall prevail, while protecting the rights of those whose views appear to be in the minority at a given time; establishing and maintaining communications with members regarding legislative matters; aiding and assisting other Caucus officers upon their request; appointing a Caucus parliamentarian to advise the Caucus of the House rules; and coordinating with the Senate Republican Caucus Chairman to facilitate opportunities for joint Senate and House activities, events, and meetings.

During his time serving in our General Assembly, Chairman Faison has been a champion for small business and the agricultural industry, a fierce defender of our Second Amendment rights, and a steadfast advocate for our unborn children. He is also an avid outdoorsman and is currently a member of the Tennessee Sportsman’s Caucus.   

A small business owner, Faison and his wife, Miriam have five children: Beka, Regan, Gage, Asher, and Tucker. They reside in Cosby and are active members of Crossroads Community Church. Faison is also a member of the National Rifle Association (NRA), National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), and Tennessee Right to Life. Faison is also a passionate musician and plays the guitar, the bass, and the piano.

 

Republican Assistant Majority Leader — State Representative Ron Gant (R–Rossville)

Ron Gant serves as House Assistant Majority Leader for the 111th Tennessee General Assembly. Gant is also a member of the House Finance, Ways, & Means, House Health, and House Insurance Committees, the House Facilities, Licensure, & Regulations, and Tenncare Subcommittees, and the Select Committee on Rules. Gant lives in Rossville and represents Tennessee House District 94, which includes Fayette, McNairy, and a portion of Hardeman Counties.