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Kinder will lead Senate

January 24, 2001
By: Aaron Cummins
State Capital Bureau

This is Aaron Cummins with the latest headlines from Missouri Capital Caucus, the only news program produced from inside Missouri's capital.

Republicans will take control of the Missouri Senate for the first time in more than half-a-century after winning two additional seats in Wednesday's special elections.

Republicans will hold an 18-16 edge in Missouri's Upper House once the new lawmakers are sworn in.

That makes Cape Girardeau Republican Peter Kinder the new President Pro Tem.

Kinder says Republicans won't use their slight advantage to be vindictive despite years of Democratic control.

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Contents: Peter Kinder says the attitude will stay the same as it's been since Nov. 7th and they won't try to "get even."

Kinder says he'll continue to push bipartisanship.

Former President Pro Tem and Kansas City-area Democrat Ed Quick is expected to become the Minority Leader in the Senate.

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Contents: Quick says it will be interesting for him to be in th minority party-- a situation he hasn't found himself in during his 16-year career in Jefferson City.

But, Quick says he's not convinced this will be a permanent change.

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Contents: Quick says it's a temporary change... that will last only two years.

But, now Quick has to yield the position he has held for the past two years to Kinder.

Kinder says he's ready to get to work.

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Contents: Kinder says urban schools will be his top priority.

Democrats still hold an edge in the House, meaning compromise will be essential to getting legislation passed this session.

In Jefferson City, I'm Aaron Cummins.