Jefferson City, Mo. – (9/12/17) Members of the House Majority Caucus overwhelmingly supported state Rep. Elijah Haahr as the next Speaker of the Missouri House of Representatives. For the 2018 session, Haahr will continue his current role as House Speaker Pro Tem. When he assumes the role of Speaker of the House in 2019, he will be the first in state history from Springfield to serve in that position.
Haahr will replace current House Speaker Todd Richardson, who will be termed out of office after 2018. Haahr has worked closely with Richardson to learn the roles and responsibilities of the Speaker, and often presides over debate in the House Chamber and has served as a key negotiator on important issues.
“I want to thank the members of my caucus for their support and their faith in my ability to lead them in the years to come,” said Haahr, R-Springfield. “We have accomplished great things together under the leadership of Speaker Richardson, and I hope to build on these successes by working together as a caucus to make our great state even greater.”
First elected to the House of Representatives in 2012, Haahr represents the 134th legislative district, which is comprised of south central Springfield. In addition to his legislative duties, Haahr is an attorney with Lathrop Gage. He is a graduate of Ozarks Technical Community College, Missouri Western State University, and obtained a law degree from the University of Missouri School of Law. Haahr resides in Springfield with his wife and four children.