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The Missouri Democratic Party State Committee met in Columbia yesterday and elected Craig Hosmer its new chair (don’t fret, this reorganization is done every two years).

Democrats chose Hosmer to lead state party

Former state Rep. Craig Hosmer of Springfield has been named chairman of the Missouri Democratic Party.

The Springfield lawyer and current Greene County Democratic Party chairman will replace John Temporiti, who officially stepped down from the post today at a party reorganization meeting in Columbia.

Hosmer was Gov.-elect Jay Nixon’s top pick for the job after Nixon won Greene County in the Nov. 4 election. Hosmer was Nixon’s campaign treasurer…

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On Thursday the Missouri Democratic Party issued the following release:

Temporiti Stepping Down As Missouri Democratic Chair Following Historic Election Cycle

Democrats Now Hold 5 of the 6 Statewide Offices, Including Governorship


Thursday, December 04, 2008

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri Democratic Party Chairman John Temporiti announced today that he is stepping down as party chairman following a historic election cycle that saw Missouri Democrats capture five of the six statewide offices, including the governorship.

Temporiti will hand over the chairmanship at the party’s reorganization meeting this Saturday in Columbia. At that time the Democratic State Committee will select a new chairman in consultation with Gov.-elect Nixon and the other Democratic elected officials to serve for the next election cycle.

“It has been an absolute honor to lead the party at such a historic time,” Temporiti said. “I’m proud of the job the party has done in expanding the electoral map for Missouri Democrats. The advancements we have made over the last couple of years paid dividends in November and will continue to do so for years to come. By stepping down now, it will give the next chairman of the party the entire election cycle to implement a new agenda, and will allow me to stand ready to serve Gov.-elect Nixon’s administration in any way possible.”

Nixon and the other Democratic officials praised Temporiti tenure as chairman and credited his leadership for the Democratic gains in November.

“A key factor in last month’s Democratic victories was the seamless working relationship our campaigns enjoyed with the Missouri Democratic Party,” said Gov.-elect Jay Nixon. “It is a testament to John’s leadership that Democrats have made such positive gains in Missouri. I value his work ethic and friendship and will continue to seek his participation as we work to move Missouri forward.”

Temporiti is an attorney at the St. Louis law firm of Gallop, Johnson and Neuman. He previously served as Chief of Governmental Affairs to St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley. Temporiti’s executive experience includes positions as President and CEO of both Mayflower Transit and Vanliner Insurance Company. From 1981-1985 Temporiti served as Chief of Staff to St. Louis City Mayor Vince Schoemehl.

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Craig Hosmer ran for the state senate in Greene County in 2002:

Official Election Returns

State of Missouri General Election  – 11/5/2002

Tuesday, November 05, 2002

As announced by the Board of State Canvassers

on Thursday, November 21, 2002

State Senator – District 30 – Summary

Hosmer, Craig DEM 24,419 48.5%

Champion, Norma (Aunt Norma) REP 25,915 51.5%

Total Votes   50,334

Whoa, that was close. In Greene County. In a bad year for Democrats. It’s obvious he knows a thing or two about running for office.