Missouri Republicans maintain legislative supermajorities, pick new leadership

Republicans will continue to control the passage of laws in Jefferson City following Tuesday’s midterm elections, in which the GOP protected its veto-proof majorities in the Missouri House and Senate.

For the legislative session that starts in January, the Missouri house will have 116 Republicans and 47 Democrats. The Senate will feature 24 Republicans and 10 Democrats.

Since the 2017 legislative session, Republicans have held supermajorities in the House and Senate, backed by a Republican governor. Before that, Republicans had veto-proof majorities in both chambers but met opposition from Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon.

House Republicans caucused Wednesday and chose leadership for the upcoming legislative session. Rep. John Wiemann, R-O’Fallon, will serve as Speaker Pro Tem. Rep. Rob Vescovo, R-Arnold, will be Majority Floor Leader.

Rep. Elijah Haahr, R-Springfield, is the Republican pick to serve as the next House Speaker, but the formal election for that position won’t happen until January.

Read more: Missourinet

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