Mo. Gov. Nixon Faces GOP Legislative Supermajority
Missouri Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon spent his first term compromising with and sometimes challenging the Republican-led Legislature. But now Nixon faces supermajorities in both the House and Senate with enough Republicans to override his vetoes.
Republicans will control 24 of the 34 Senate seats for the 2013 legislative session. House Republicans will have 110 of 163 districts. House Speaker Tim Jones says he hopes the new dynamic will prompt earlier discussion and negotiation between legislative leaders and Nixon.
Nixon says the political makeup of the Legislature does not have much effect on his approach to governing. He says he looks forward to working with lawmakers and strives to do what will help all Missouri residents.