Several show interest in replacing Jo Ann Emerson

Several show interest in replacing Jo Ann Emerson

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WASHINGTON - MAY 20: Ranking Member Rep. Jo Ann Emerson (R-MO) questions Office of Management and Budget Director Peter Orszag during a House Financial Services Subcommittee hearing as Chairman Rep. Jos� Serrano (D-NY) listens on May 20, 2009 in Washington, DC. Orszag was talking about the OMB's own funding and budget. (Photo by Robert Giroux/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Jos� Serrano;Jo Ann Emerson

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by Associated Press

KMOV.com

Posted on December 3, 2012 at 3:03 PM

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Several Missouri Republicans have confirmed interest in succeeding U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson after her planned retirement.

Emerson announced Monday she will leave her congressional seat in February to become the president and CEO of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.

Missouri Republican Party Executive Director Lloyd Smith, former state treasurer Sarah Steelman and state lawmaker Kevin Engler, of Farmington, said they have some interest in the seat.

The 8th Congressional District is Republican-leaning and covers southeastern Missouri. It stretches north to include part of Jefferson County south of St. Louis and west to south-central Missouri.

It will be the first time in about 30 years an Emerson has not represented the district in Congress. Emerson first won office in 1996, replacing her husband, Bill Emerson, after his death.

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