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.
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.