The last time that new Missouri Democratic Party chairman Roy Temple held a key role in state politics, his party controlled the state House and Senate, as well as all but one statewide office. Twenty years later, Democrats have held on to most of those statewide offices. But Temple acknowledges that the two-thirds majorities that Republicans have secured since then in both legislative chambers pose a problem and challenge.
Temple headlined a series of speakers who pledged to do what they can in the 2014 elections to chip away at the Republicans’ huge edge in the General Assembly. Temple, 48, resides with his family in Lee’s Summit and is a partner in a political consulting firm, Groundswell Public Strategies.