Diehl next Missouri House speaker; Dempsey will lead Senate

3 years 10 months 1 week ago Wednesday, January 07 2015 Jan 7, 2015 Wednesday, January 07, 2015 12:44:39 PM CST January 07, 2015 in News
By: The Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Lawmakers in the Missouri House have unanimously chosen Rep. John Diehl as the next House speaker, while senators unanimously re-elected Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey.

Wednesday's decisions came after the 2015 annual legislative session started around noon.

Diehl, a Republican from Town and Country, will lead the largest number of Republicans ever in Missouri's House. Republicans outnumber Democrats 117-45, with one vacancy.

House members also unanimously elected Republican Rep. Denny Hoskins, of Warrensburg, as speaker pro tem.

Dempsey, a Republican from St. Charles, will continue to lead the Senate, where the GOP has a 25-9 majority over Democrats.

The Republican majorities in both chambers exceed the two-thirds threshold needed to override gubernatorial vetoes.

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