Lawmaker Accused of Sexual Misconduct Against Teens to Lead Tennessee Education Subcommittee
By Natalie Allison
Despite calls from protesters — and the previous House speaker — for his resignation, a state lawmaker accused of inappropriate sexual conduct against multiple teens has been named chairman of an education subcommittee.
Rep. David Byrd, R-Waynesboro, has been assigned by newly-elected House Speaker Glen Casada, R-Franklin, to lead the education administration subcommittee.
The announcement came Thursday when committees were assigned on the floor of the House, immediately following required sexual harassment training.
"Matter of fact, his constituents sent him here overwhelmingly," Casada said when asked about the assignment after the day's session. "It is an accusation, but we cannot make actions on accusations."