Election ends 32-year family hold of House seat
GOP Rep. Jo Ann Emerson of Missouri stepped down earlier this year.
June 4th, 2013
10:25 PM ET
2 years ago

Election ends 32-year family hold of House seat

Updated 10:50 p.m. ET on Tuesday 6/4

(CNN) – Republican state Rep. Jason Smith won a special election Tuesday in southeast Missouri, beating out Democrat Steve Hodges in a district dominated by Republicans.

Smith will succeed former GOP Rep. Jo Ann Emerson, who stepped down in January, just two months after winning re-election, to become president and CEO of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.

The seat had been in family hands for 32 years, as Emerson was first elected in 1996 to succeed her husband, who died in office months earlier. Emerson won nearly three quarters of the vote last November in the mostly rural district.

- CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this story.


Filed under: House • Missouri
soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Guess

    How can people be so stupid? all you have to do is five minutes of research and you can see everything the gop says is a flat out lie. theres only two kind of people who vote republican, rich people, and stupid people

    June 4, 2013 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  2. Jinx9to88

    Yep go work for people you help lobby for and make millions.

    June 4, 2013 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  3. jkane sfl the gop national disgrace party will be swept out like the trash they are in2014 ?

    Time to get rid of the incompetence gop garbage of America party ,it can start here.

    June 4, 2013 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  4. YUCK

    Lies,cheat and kill that's what the republicans wants to do with minorities,they have done it before in the past, its all written down in history.

    June 4, 2013 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  5. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Aw Humm,
    Guess
    How can people be so stupid? Wow, I think you may just have something there. So far the Liberal's/ Democrats have: Gave us a nearly 17 Trillion Dollar Federal Debt, High Unemployment, about 50 million on Food Stamps, Medicare, Social Security both running out of money, No money to fund your big Sucess, Obama Care Nearly all 50 States deep in the Red, uh, how am I doing so far. The Republicians think you can take care of yourself so they put you in charge! So how are you going to repair all the damage you created ??

    June 4, 2013 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  6. Rick McDaniel

    Term limits are sorely needed for both houses of Congress. Period.

    June 4, 2013 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  7. truth hurts but reality bites

    Guess - How can people be so stupid?
    -–

    I said this very same thing when Democrat voters re-elected Jesse Jackson Jr. while he was in a psychiatric hospital (and subsequently resigned in disgrace for stealing money). I also said the same thing when Democrat voters re-elected Charlie Rangel after he was proven to have violated many laws and was censured by the House.

    June 4, 2013 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  8. Sniffit

    "all you have to do is five minutes of research and you can see everything the gop says is a flat out lie. "

    Yeah, but Obama is "blah", soooooo, well, that pretty much explains it.

    June 4, 2013 10:49 am at 10:49 am |