Missouri House elects Richardson as new speaker - KMOV.com

Missouri House elects Richardson as new speaker

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Missouri House has elected Majority Leader Todd Richardson to take over the chamber's top spot following the resignation of House Speaker John Diehl.

Richardson was elected unanimously Friday by Republicans and Democrats.

He was sworn into the office shortly after Diehl resigned Friday, following through on an announcement Diehl had made a day earlier. Diehl has acknowledged exchanging sexually suggestive text messages with a college freshman serving as a Capitol intern.

Diehl apologized again to members Friday morning and received a standing ovation from some members. Others refused to stand.

Those who spoke in his favor called Richardson a man of integrity. Richardson says he hopes the House can get right back to work passing bills.

Lawmakers face a 6 p.m. Friday deadline to pass legislation this year.

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