Tilley announced his resignation from the House in mid-August, five months before his term would have ended.
Tilley cited his optometry practice, working on campaigns and spending time with his two daughters as the key factors in his decision.
A bill that would prohibit the discussion of sexual orientation in public schools is being debated in Jefferson City.
House Speaker Steven Tilley not only will serve as chairman, but will play a substantial role in her campaign
U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, former U.S. Sen. Jim Talent and Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich have already thrown their support towards Romney.
“Running statewide would require me to spend even a greater amount of time apart from my daughters, something I am just not willing to do,” said Tilley
Despite having more than enough members in the House and Senate to pass anything the party desires, Republicans were unable to pass much of anything during the special session.
Steven Tilley said he raised $347,000 for his campaign in roughly the past six weeks and has more than $1 million in his account.
Lawmakers will focus on the state’s emergency response, financial aid and insurance coverage.
Frustrated by a perceived lack of success at a Missouri Capitol, more than a dozen representatives from businesses began meeting last summer to develop a winning strategy.