Speaker Pro Tem Resigns
Bearden's resignation takes effect at 11:59 on Thursday.
Bearden was elected to the Missouri House in 2000. He became the Speaker Pro Tem in January 2005.
The Republican from St. Charles thanked his peers in a press release:
"I thank Speaker Jetton, former Speaker Hanaway, and my fellow Republican caucus members for their leadership, their vision, and their commitment to commonsense Missouri values."