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Republicans Marking 10 Years of Power in Missouri House

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The Thomas Jefferson statue drips with icicles as a banner blows in the wind on the steps of the State Capitol in Jefferson City, Missouri on January 13, 2013. Several state wide elected officals including Governor Jay Nixon will take their oath of office on January 14, 2013, during Missouri Inauguration ceremonies. Temperatures are expected to be in the mid 20's for the ceremony.   UPI/Bill Greenblatt

The Thomas Jefferson statue drips with icicles as a banner blows in the wind on the steps of the State Capitol in Jefferson City, Missouri on January 13, 2013. Several state wide elected officals including Governor Jay Nixon will take their oath of office on January 14, 2013, during Missouri Inauguration ceremonies. Temperatures are expected to be in the mid 20’s for the ceremony. UPI/Bill Greenblatt

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Past and present Republican lawmakers are gathering at the Missouri Capitol to commemorate a decade in power.

Tuesday’s event in the House chamber is being promoted as a Republican reunion marking 10 years since the GOP took control of the House. It had won control of the Senate two years earlier. The Republican Party now holds veto-proof majorities in both chambers.

The ceremony is being coordinated by Senate Majority Leader Ron Richard, of Joplin. Richard was a member of the freshman House Republican class 10 years ago and went on to serve as House speaker.

Among those invited to the event is Catherine Hanaway, who served as House speaker in 2003.

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