YSR Congress Party senior leader Tammineni Sitaram was unanimously elected as a speaker of Andhra Pradesh’s legislative assembly.
Protem Speaker S Appala Naidu conducted the election procedure. Thirty MLAs of YSR Congress Party proposed Tamminen's name after which he was formally announced as the new speaker. After his election, Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy formally invited him to the Speaker's Chair and the protem speaker handed over the charge to him as the new Speaker of the AP Assembly.
Tammineni Sitaram started his political career from TDP and has been a six-time MLA from Srikakulam district's Amudalavalasa.
He served as the minister for Law and Justice, Stamps and Registrations, Sports, Excise and Municipal Administration in Chandra Babu Naidu’s cabinet.
A law graduate by qualification, Tammineni started was a director of a sugar factory in his hometown, before taking the plunge into politics. He was first elected as MLA in 1983 when the TDP was founded. After winning his second stint in 1985, Sitaram lost the 1989 election. He, however, won two back-to-back elections in 1994 and 1999.