Catherine Hanaway, the former Missouri House speaker who narrowly lost the 2004 race for secretary of state, said she is considering a run for governor in 2016. Hanaway is a Republican from St. Louis County and an attorney with the Husch Blackwell law firm. The Democrats have already started coalescing around state Attorney General Chris Koster.
Hanaway previously left the door open on another statewide run, possibly for attorney general or governor. But she specified in an interview with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that she’s being encouraged by supporters to jump into the governor’s race and is actively weighing factors like family and finances. Hanaway, 49, was U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri from 2005 to 2009. Prior to that, she was the first woman elected speaker of the Missouri House.