Closed Caucus Selected House Republican Leaders
JEFFERSON CITY - Newly elected House Republicans gathered for more than four hours on Wednesday to elect leaders for the new legislative session.
Colleagues selected Republican Rep. Tim Jones, R-Eureka, as House Speaker. Jones took over as house speaker in September when Steven Tilley decided to step down. Jones will continue to act as House Speaker during the new legislative session in January.
The closed caucus also elected Rep. John Diehl, R-Town and Country, as floor leader. As floor leader, Diehl will decide which bills get debated and which do not.
Rep. Jason Smith, R-Salem, will round out the top three as speaker pro tem. Smith will preside over floor debates in the new legislative session.
This year's election formed veto-proof majorities for republicans in the House and Senate. Jones said the veto-proof majorities should influence Gov. Jay Nixon and republicans to find common ground.
Democrats in the House and Senate, along with Senate Republicans, will elect officers Wednesday.