JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri Senate President Pro Tem Rob Mayer has selected leaders for the chamber's 18 committees.
One of the highest profile panels is likely to be the Senate Appropriations Committee. Mayer led that committee last year and named Sen. Kurt Schaefer, a Republican from Columbia, to be the committee's new chairman. Schaefer has been the panel's vice chairman.
The only first-year senator named chairman Wednesday was Brian Munzlinger, a Republican from Williamstown. Munzlinger will lead an agriculture committee. Senate Minority Leader Victor Callahan, of Independence, was named chairman of the Progress and Development Committee, which is the only panel with a Democratic majority.
Sen. Kevin Engler, who also had sought to be the Senate leader, was named chairman of the Financial and Government Organization and Elections Committee.