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McKenna's departure leaves Western Missouri with hold on Senate leadership

September 17, 1998
By: Lee McGuire
State Capital Bureau

The departure of Jefferson County democrat Bill McKenna means that next year's Senate leadership probably won't include anyone from the St. Louis area. Lee McGuire has more from Jefferson City.

Louis and Clark were the first to leave St. Louis and head west back in 1804. Now the leadership of the state senate appears to be doing the same thing.

The new Senate president pro-term will probably be majority leader Ed Quick, from the Kansas City area. The three Senators aiming for the majority leader spot are also from that side of the state.

Outgoing senate president Bill McKenna says the shift West won't be a big change.

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Contents: McKenna says it won't matter who's in charge--Senators keep the needs of the whole state in mind.

Senate members will pick their new leaders after the November elections. At the state capital, Lee McGuire, KMOX News.


The conclusion of this week's veto session marked the end of Jefferson County democrat Bill McKenna's career as a state senator. Lee McGuire has more from Jefferson City.

Bill McKenna is Missouri's first victim of term limits. The senate presdient pro-term presided over his last legislative session this week, and when he banged the gavel, his time was up.

McKenna says he's enjoyed his career in the state legislature. But now, he says, he's looking for a new job.

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Contents: McKenna says his house payment is due in January, and he hopes to have a job by then.

The man expected to replace McKenna as senate presdient is Ed Quick, a democrat from Western Missouri. At the state capital, Lee McGuire, KMOX News.