The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

January 22, 2013

Republicans marking 10 years of power in Missouri House


From The Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Republican lawmakers from the past and present are commemorating a decade of power in the Missouri House.

Republicans first took control of the state House in January 2003 and now have their largest majority since at least the Civil War era.

On Tuesday, about 130 current and former Republicans lawmakers and staff gathered at the Capitol for a nearly two-hour ceremony celebrating their majority. The Republican reunion was coordinated by Senate Majority Leader Ron Richard of Joplin.  Richard was a member of the freshman House Republican class 10 years ago and later served as House speaker.

The event originally was to occur in the House chamber but was relocated to the House Lounge after some officials raised concerns about using the chamber for a partisan purpose.