After a week of chaos, Democrats united to elect a new House Speaker, 38-year-old Steve Gaw, from Moberly. Karen Fogg has the story from the State Capitol:
Steve Gaw is one of the youngest House speakers in the history of Missouri, and a proponent of abortion rights.
Gaw was part of a package deal with Speaker Pro-tem Fletcher Daniels to appease the Black Caucus and anti-Griffen democrats.
Daniels, a black member of the 5 dissident democrats, voted for the republican candidate just two days ago.
Gaw says the new leadership represents all of Missouri:
Gaw says the democratic party has a new rule: there are no dissidents.
From the State Capitol, I'm Karen Fogg.