JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Longtime political strategist Roy Temple is pledging to put a dent in Republican legislative majorities as the new chairman of the Missouri Democratic Party.
Temple was selected Saturday by the state party committee to succeed Mike Sanders, who is stepping down after less than two years. Sanders is the Jackson County executive but is considering pursuing higher office in 2016.
Temple served as chief of staff for former Gov. Mel Carnahan and U.S. Sen. Jean Carnahan. He also managed a campaign for former Gov. Bob Holden and was involved in U.S. Sen. John Kerry's 2004 presidential campaign. He now lives in Kansas City where he is a political consultant.
Temple says he wants to lead Democrats to gains in the Missouri Legislature, where Republicans hold supermajorities.