JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KMIZ)
Missouri State Speaker of the House Dean Plocher (R-St. Louis) announced his bid for Lieutenant Governor on Wednesday in a press release.
In his press release, Plocher describes himself as a conservative and showed support for Missouri’s abortion ban, as well as the Save Women’s Sports Act that was signed by Gov. Mike Parson over the summer and Missouri making exemptions to Social Security income.
Plocher was first elected to the house in 2015 and began his term on Jan. 6, 2016. His term as a representative ends in January 2025. He was named the House Speaker earlier this year.
According to his press release, Plocher is is a graduate of Ladue Horton Watkins High School, and graduated from Middlebury College with a bachelor of arts in politicial science and a minor in classical civilizations. He earned a Juris Doctor degree from the Saint Louis University School of Law, the release states.
The primary elections for lieutenant governor will be held Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2024. The office is currently held by Republican Mike Kehoe, who was initially sworn in in June 2018, following the resignation of former Gov. Eric Greitens. Kehoe is one of several candidates running for governor in 2024.
Republican state Sen. Holly Thompson Rehder announced her intent to run in July. Franklin County Clerk Tim Baker also announced an intent to run on his website and is listed as a Republican on the Missouri Ethics Commission website.
On the Democrat’s side, Assistant Minority Floor Leader Rep. Richard Brown, of Kansas City, also announced he was running for the office on his website. Anastasia Syes has filed with the Missouri Ethics Commission.