Jefferson City, MO – Missouri House Republicans have nominated
St. Louis area lawmaker Catherine Hanaway as the next Speaker.
Republicans met at the Capitol this afternoon. They won a House majority in yesterday's elections for the first time since 1954.
Hanaway's nomination as the first woman speaker is no surprise. The Warson Woods lawmaker was minority leader the past two years and helped organize the Republicans' 2002 election strategy.
Her nomination is expected to be approved when the next legislative session begins in January.