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10-01-2016 LSU Pregame

Cierpiot elected by peers to Missouri House majority leader

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Cierpiot elected by peers to Missouri House majority leader

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri House Republicans have elected Rep. Mike Cierpiot of Lee’s Summit as their new majority leader. Cierpiot told The Associated Press that he was elected Thursday during a closed-door meeting of the House GOP. The majority leader position became vacant after former House Speaker John Diehl resigned in May, causing […]

Cierpiot elected by peers to Missouri House majority leader

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri House Republicans have elected Rep. Mike Cierpiot of Lee’s Summit as their new majority leader.

Cierpiot told The Associated Press that he was elected Thursday during a closed-door meeting of the House GOP.

The majority leader position became vacant after former House Speaker John Diehl resigned in May, causing a chain reaction of shifts in leadership.

The majority leader determines if, when and how long House members debate bills. It’s considered a stepping stone to speaker, the House’s top position.

Cierpiot previously served as assistant majority leader. St. Peters Representative Robert Cornejo (kohr-NAY’-hoh) also ran for the majority leader position.

Cierpiot says he plans to push the House GOP priorities and beef up campaign fundraising for the group.

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