Democrats Select Wilder As Candidate for Top Senate Post

Nashville (AP) -- State Senate Democrats Thursday afternoon voted for John Wilder to be their candidate for speaker of the General Assembly's upper chamber.

It's a post the 85-year-old Mason Democrat has held since 1971.

Wilder is looking to extend what may be the longest consecutive leadership of a legislative chamber in US history.

The Senate Speaker is also Lieutenant Governor and first in the line of succession to become Governor.

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