Elijah Haahr named new Speaker of the Missouri House

1 year 6 months 3 weeks ago Thursday, November 01 2018 Nov 1, 2018 Thursday, November 01, 2018 8:07:00 AM CDT November 01, 2018 in News
By: Rob Veno, KOMU 8 Digital Producer
JEFFERSON CITY - Rep. Elijah Haahr will become the Speaker of the Missouri House of Representatives Thursday.
Haahr will take over the position held by Todd Richardson, who was named as the new chair of Missouri Healthnet last month.
 
“I am excited to serve in this capacity as we prepare for the 2019 legislative session,” Haahr, R-Springfield, said in a press release.  “This early experience of leading the Office of the Speaker will ensure we hit the ground running in our mission to deliver bold, 21st Century solutions to meet Missouri’s challenges.” 
 
According to the National Conference on State Legislators, Haahr is the youngest Speaker in the country at 36 years old. He will also be the first speaker in state history from Springfield. Haahr was elected to the Missouri House in 2012, and has served the past two years as the Speaker Pro Tem.
 
“I am proud of my southwest Missouri roots,” he said.  “Watching the people of Springfield working together to move our state forward is a constant reminder of the honor and responsibility I have in representing this exceptional community in the Missouri House.”

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