Jo Ann Emerson
Kinder had formed an exploratory committee to consider challenging freshman congressman and fellow Republican Jason Smith for the state’s eight congressional seat.
“Our country is in deep trouble,” Kinder told The Southeast Missourian. “We’re going to have to send our most proven candidates to fight in Washington.”
Democrats pick Mo. State Rep. Steve Hodges from East Prairie to run against Republican State Rep. Jason Smith in June.
Thirty-two-year-old speaker pro-tem of Missouri House defeats Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder in committee vote.
Most of the voters in the eighth district won’t get to cast ballots to decide who replaced Jo Ann Emerson. Some will get to vote twice.
Emerson’s office says the resignation is likely to come on Tuesday.
The proposal would allow the governor to appoint an officeholder until an election could be held. The appointee would be then be barred from running.
McCaskill sent a letter in mid-December to the EPA and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, calling uncertainty and delays in the project “unacceptable.”
Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson discusses her plans to retire in February.
A chance to represent southeastern Missouri in Congress is drawing plenty of interest from officials looking at succeeding Republican U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson.