Tennessee House Democrats have elected Rep. Karen Camper of Memphis as minority leader, the first African-American to hold the position.

In a news release, Camper pledged to bring aggressive leadership to advance legislation on Democratic agenda items, including quality health care and economic opportunities for all Tennesseans.

Camper replaces former Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh of Ripley, who left the Legislature in an unsuccessful bid for governor.

Rep. Mike Stewart of Nashville will remain Democratic caucus chairman.

Republicans have nominated Majority Leader Glen Casada as the next speaker.