The day after a midterm election in which Republicans maintained their veto-proof majority in the Missouri Legislature, picking up seats in the House and preserving their edge in the Senate, newly elected legislators and Gov. Jay Nixon set to work assigning new roles and responding to Tuesday’s results.
House Republicans elected Rep. Todd Richardson, R-Poplar Bluff, to serve as the new Majority Floor Leader under Speaker-elect John Diehl, R-Town and Country. The new post is another step forward for Richardson, seen as a rising star within the party.
The GOP also gained an additional seat in the House on Wednesday, courtesy of Rep. Linda Black’s defection from the Democratic party. Black, who ran unopposed and was elected to a fourth term representing St. Francois County, gives Republicans 118 of the 163 seats in the chamber, the second-highest GOP majority, by percentage, in history.
Meanwhile, Nixon expressed concern over the passage of Amendment 10, approved by 57 percent of voters Tuesday. Nixon said the amendment, which lets the legislature override a governor’s decisions to withhold funding, illustrates the challenge the legislature has created for the budgeting process. “You can’t spend money we don’t have,” he said.