September 27, 2021
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Des Peres Republican elected next speaker of Missouri House | Politics

JEFFERSON CITY — The next speaker of the Missouri House will come from St. Louis County, the first time since 2015 a county resident will serve in the role.

The House GOP caucus on Tuesday unanimously elected House Majority Leader Dean Plocher, R-Des Peres, as the next speaker of the House, according to a news release.

He is set to take over the top job following the 2022 elections, when a formal vote before the entire House will take place.

Plocher, 51, won a special election in 2015 to replace former House Speaker John Diehl, R-Des Peres, who resigned that year amid a scandal involving sexually charged texts with a Capitol intern.

In his new role, Plocher is poised to replace current House Speaker Rob Vescovo, R-Arnold, who is term-limited and will leave office early next year.

“The work we have before us is both challenging and important,” Plocher said in a statement….

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