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Republican lawmakers in the Tennessee House of Representatives will soon decide the fate of Speaker Glen Casada.

The embattled lawmaker has faced backlash after racist and sexist text messages between him and his former chief of staff were leaked to the media.

Sergio Martínez-Beltrán / WPLN

The Tennessee Black Caucus has asked Glen Casada to step down as Speaker of the state House of Representatives.

The decision comes after messages leaked to the media show Casada receiving a racist text message from his former chief of staff Cade Cothren, as well as engaging in sexist conversations.

Stephen Jerkins / WPLN

House Speaker Glen Casada has named a veteran of the state legislature to be his new chief of staff, replacing a top aide who resigned Monday. 

Scott Gilmer held the same position under Casada's predecessor as House speaker, Nashville Republican Beth Harwell, and he stayed on after her retirement in January to join Casada's staff.

Chas Sisk / WPLN

Black lawmakers in the state legislature are calling for an independent investigation into text messages sent by House Speaker Glen Casada and his now former chief of staff, as well as a claim the aide may have falsified evidence used against a political opponent.

Stephen Jerkins / WPLN

A top aide in the Tennessee House resigned Monday evening after a tumultous series of revelations and accusations against him.

Some of the accusations could also implicate his boss, House Speaker Glen Casada.

Shalina Chatlani / WPLN

Tennessee House Speaker Glen Casada is denying that he received racist text messages from his chief of staff.

Earlier this week, NewsChannel 5 reported it had obtained texts showing Cade Cothren disparaged African Americans, including using a racial meme in an exchange with Casada. Other texts allegedly show Cothren using a racial epithet and referring to black people as "idiots."