State Rep. Jeremy Faison, R-Cosby, is the new chairman of the State House Republican Caucus. He was elected Thursday evening, receiving 40 votes in the third round of balloting, defeating Michael Curcio.

Former GOP chairman, Rep. Cameron Sexton of Crossville, is expected to be named the next House Speaker in the special session today. He will replace Glen Casada, who was forced from the post earlier this month.

Following the Thursday evening vote, Faison told colleagues “we have an incredible team” and he applauded his fellow House Republicans for having accomplished “some of the most amazing things.”

The local lawmaker promised to be very fair in the way he handles the GOP Caucus meetings. Faison also promised “decorum where general consensus can be found” while still respecting minority views of caucus members.

Faison added that he will work “to make sure you’re not carrying the water for the governor, carrying water for the speaker, but for the people you represent.”

That comment was pointed at former Speaker Casada’s reputation for pushing caucus members hard on a variety of issues, especially Gov. Bill Lee’s school voucher plan. Faison voted for the voucher bill which earmarks taxpayer dollars for students to attend private schools. Faison also promised to personally raise money from big donors and various special interests to re-elect incumbent Republicans.