Republicans To Pick Next Missouri House Speaker During Veto Session

Tim Jones | Photo courtesy of Tim Jones
Tim Jones | Photo courtesy of Tim Jones

Amid all the negotiations about veto overrides, Missouri’s House Republicans have yet another matter to decide at the same time: Who will be the next House speaker?

For several years now, the state GOP has been so confident about maintaining control of the Missouri House that the party’s legislators have taken to electing a “speaker-designate’’ more than a year ahead of the switch. This time, the issue is the successor to Speaker Tim Jones, R-Eureka, whose tenure ends in late 2014. And the contest appears to have narrowed to two contenders: House Majority Leader John Diehl, R-Town and Country; and State Rep. Caleb Jones, R-Columbia – a cousin of the current speaker.

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