COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina House Speaker Jay Lucas says he will step down from his leadership post when this year’s regular session ends on May 12.

In a letter to the House clerk, Lucas set the election to select his replacement for next Thursday, where Ways and Means Chairman Murrell Smith appears to have the position locked up.

Lucas announced last month he wouldn’t run for reelection for a 13th term to the House.

The Hartsville Republican decided he wanted to assure an orderly transition in a body where the last three speakers have, in order, lost their majority, resigned to become ambassador to Canada and were kicked out of office after being indicted.