Eric Greitens taps KC attorney to head Missouri GOP

Missouri Gov.-elect Eric Greitens has tapped former U.S. Attorney Todd Graves to serve as chairman of the Missouri Republican Party.

Graves, brother of long-time Missouri Congressman Sam Graves, would succeed John Hancock, who leaves the party in extraordinary shape. The Missouri GOP will soon control five of six statewide offices and towering majorities in both the state House and Senate.

“Todd Graves is a conservative fighter, a proven leader in business and his community, and a native Missourian,” Greitens said in a statement Tuesday. “He will make an outstanding party chair and I’m excited to work with him and his team to take Missouri in a new direction.”

Most recently, Graves has gained national attention by representing some tea party groups around the country who have sued the IRS for alleged discrimination in dealing with the groups’ claims for tax-exempt status.

Greitens also endorsed Kay Hoflander for vice chair, Nick Meyers for secretary and Pat Thomas for treasurer. The state party will vote on the lineup at its next meeting in early January. Governors traditionally pick the chair of their political party, and his choice is expected to win broad support.

Read more: Kansas City Star, St. Louis Public Radio

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