Missouri House Republicans pick Springfield's Haahr for leadership spot

Rep. Elijah Haahr, R - Springfield

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri House Republicans have nominated a suburban St. Louis lawmaker to take over as the chamber's second-ranking official.

House Republicans met Wednesday at the Capitol, a day after retaining a supermajority in the general elections.

Republicans confirmed their previously announced choice of Springfield lawmaker Elijah Haahr to serve as speaker during the new session that starts in January.

They picked John Wiemann, of O'Fallon, to succeed Haahr in the position of House speaker pro tem.

Both Haahr and Wiemann still need to be officially elected to their leadership positions by the full chamber when the session begins.
Republicans also chose Rob Vescovo, of Arnold, to continue as House majority leader.

Based on preliminary vote totals, House Republicans would hold a 116-47 majority over Democrats.