Missouri Republican Party elects new chair
Jefferson City, Missouri: The Missouri Republican Party elected a new leader on the morning of January 5. Ed Martin, long-time conservative activist and former candidate for both Congress and Missouri Attorney General, defeated the previous chair David Cole, who lead the party since 2009. Martin had a unique rise to the top of the state party, forgoing the usual district and county-level party organizations. He first burst onto the scene in 2010 with the Tea Party before using his momentum to run for Attorney General in 2012.
Following Martin's election, the committee announced it would seek to grow the base of the party in Missouri by reaching out to women and minorities, groups former state lawmakers may have alienated with past policies.