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Women Seek Power in Missouri Legislature

November 29, 1995
By: Candyce Clifft
State Capitol Bureau

For the second time in recent months, women are trying to capture a position of power in state legislature. Candyce Clifft has that story from Jefferson City...

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In October, Representative Sheila Lumpe was defeated by one vote for the Democratic nomination for House Speaker. Since Bob Ward's resignation as House Majority Floor Leader, Callaway County Representative Gracia Backer announced she is vying for the office. Representative Wayne Crump, the Assistant Floor Leader, is also seeking the office. Crump says this time, gender is the main issue...

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Crump says the women in the House aren't concerned with who the new floor leader is, as long as the new leader is a woman. Reporting from Jefferson City, I'm Candyce Clifft.