Missouri Democrats choose Susan Montee as leader

Saturday, December 4, 2010 | 5:06 p.m. CST

The Missouri Democratic Party has made a change in leadership after suffering widespread losses in this year's elections.

Missouri Auditor Susan Montee was chosen Saturday to take over as chairwoman of the party at a meeting of the Democratic State Committee. She replaces Springfield attorney Craig Hosmer, a former state lawmaker.


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Montee was defeated in her November re-election bid by Republican attorney Tom Schweich. She said earlier this week that the party needed a change in direction.

Besides Montee's loss, Missouri Democrats also lost a high-profile U.S. Senate race and Ike Skelton's congressional seat. Republicans gained their largest majorities in the state legislature in decades.

Montee's term as party chairwoman is two years.

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