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Rowden picked as president pro tem of Missouri Senate; Rizzo again chosen as Democratic leader

File photo of the Missouri Capitol.
File photo of the Missouri Capitol.


The Senate Majority Caucus elected Sen. Caleb Rowden, R-Columbia, to serve as president pro tem of the Missouri Senate for the 102nd General Assembly

 Rowden previously served as the Senate majority floor leader.

I am honored to have been elected by my peers to be the next President Pro Tem of the Missouri Senate today,” Rowden wrote in a tweet. “It will be an incredible honor to serve the people of my district and of this great state in this way.”

The president pro tem is responsible for appointing committee members, assigning legislation to committees and ruling on points of order raised during debate in the Senate Chamber, among other legislative duties.

Also elected to the Senate majority caucus leadership team:

Sen. Cindy O’Laughlin, R-­­­Shelbina, elected as majority floor leader. She is the first woman to hold the position.

Sen. Jason Bean, R-Holcomb, elected as assistant majority floor leader.

Sen. Karla Eslinger, R-Wasola, elected as majority caucus whip. Sen. Tony Luetkemeyer, R-Parkville, elected as majority caucus chairman. Sen. Sandy Crawford, R-Buffalo, elected as majority caucus secretary.

Missouri Senate Democratic Caucus has re-elected State Senator John Rizzo (D - Independence) as the Democratic leader.

The caucus also picked Sen. Doug Beck (D - Affton) as assistant Democratic leader; Sen. Angela Mosley (D - Florissant) as Democratic caucus chair; and Sen. Steve Roberts (D - St. Louis) as Democratic caucus whip.  

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