Columbia Sen. Caleb Rowden elected Majority Leader

4 months 1 week 1 day ago Thursday, November 08 2018 Nov 8, 2018 Thursday, November 08, 2018 3:14:00 PM CST November 08, 2018 in News
By: The Associated Press and Monica Harkins, KOMU 8 Digital Producer
JEFFERSON CITY — Republicans picked Caleb Rowden as Senate majority leader.
He lives in Columbia with his wife and two children. Rowden is a small business owner and previously toured around the country as a Christian singer/songwriter.
“I am humbled by my colleagues’ vote of confidence,” said Sen. Rowden in a press release. “I first entered into public service because, as a soon-to-be new father, I wanted to play an active role in shaping the future of the community my children would grow up in."
Prior to being elected to the Senate in 2016, Sen. Rowden served as a member of the Missouri House of Representatives from 2013-2017.
Senate Republicans have nominated state Sen. Dave Schatz to serve as the next president pro tem of the Missouri Senate.

Schatz, of Sullivan, emerged the victor Thursday from a four-way race for the chamber's top legislative position. His nomination will need confirmation by the full Senate when it convenes in January.

Senate Democrats chose Gina Walsh, of St. Louis County, to continue as minority leader.

House Democrats picked Crystal Quade, of Springfield, to serve as their minority leader.

House Republicans previously nominated Elijah Haahr, of Springfield, as speaker.

Republicans maintained their supermajorities in both legislative chambers during Tuesday's elections. If preliminary vote totals hold, Republicans will have a 116-47 majority in the House and a 24-10 majority in the Senate.

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