Gina Mitten

The five state representatives who could replace Joe Keaveny: State Reps. Gina Mitten, Jake Hummel, Michele Kratky, Karla May and Stacey Newman.
Jason Rosenbaum, Carolina Hidalgo and Tim Bommel | St. Louis Public Radio & House Communications

Few events in Missouri politics make party committee members more popular than an unexpected vacancy.

That’s because when someone leaves an office before their term is up, these elected party stalwarts are charged with picking a nominee for a special election. The decision becomes especially important when the vacancy is in an area dominated by a particular party — which happens to be the case with soon-to-be former state Sen. Joe Keaveny.

Gina Mitten
Jason Rosenbaum | St. Louis Public Radio

On the latest edition of the Politically Speaking podcast, St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum and Jo Mannies welcome state Rep. Gina Mitten to help break down Gov. Jay Nixon’s final State of the State address.

A Democrat, Mitten is a lawyer and resides in Richmond Heights. Before she was elected to the General Assembly in 2012, she spent eight years on the Richmond Heights City Council. She received her law degree from Washington University.

House Speaker Todd Richardson, R-Poplar Bluff.
Jason Rosenbaum | St. Louis Public Radio

From the moment Todd Richardson was sworn into the Missouri General Assembly, there was an aura of promise around the Poplar Bluff Republican.

With his oratorical skills and a knack for handling big-ticket legislation, high expectations were placed on Richardson to succeed. Some political watchers foresaw a future in Missouri House leadership – and even climbing the ranks of federal politics.

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

A special Missouri House committee appointed to look into why the Department of Revenue began scanning documents of driver's license and conceal-carry applicants has wrapped up its series of hearings this summer.