Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Blacks in Missouri Legislature Lose Senior Leadership Posts

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Blacks in Missouri Legislature Lose Senior Leadership Posts

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For the first time since 1989, no black member of the Missouri Legislature holds a top leadership post.

The House and Senate elected their leaders Wednesday for the 89th General Assembly. Two black legislators who were in power last session - Sen. J.B. "Jet" Banks and Rep. Fletcher Daniels - were not re-elected.

Banks, a St. Louis Democrat, had been the Senate's majority leader since 1989. He wanted the job again but lacked the votes. He was succeeded by Sen. Ed Quick, D-Kansas City. In the Senate, it is not unusual for a member to serve as a leader for several years before the post is passed to someone else. Daniels, a Kansas City Democrat, was not returned to the post of speaker pro tem, which he held for one year. He was succeeded by Rep. Jim Kreider, D-Nixa. Daniels, who was not even nominated, said he had no hard feelings. "This raises a challenge to our people to do what is necessary to become part of the leadership," Daniels said. "It may mean changing the script. …

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