Rep. Ron Richard, R-Joplin, defeated Rep. Allen Icet, R-Wildwood in a secret ballot to succeed Rod Jetton as Speaker of the House.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch points out the novelty of Richard's election:
Missouri House Republicans have chosen Ron Richard to take over the chamber's top position in 2009. But that's assuming he wins re-election to the House, assuming Republicans hold onto power and assuming new lawmakers abide by the wishes of their predecessors.
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