Martin named chairman of Missouri Republican Party

JEFFERSON CITY—The Missouri Republican State Committee voted Saturday morning to elect Ed Martin as chairman.

“Today’s competition was the sign of a vibrant and mature Party. Our success in electing Republicans across the state — in widening the tent — has created an influx of new ideas and energy , but it’s clear that there is still work yet to be done,” Martin stated in a news release. “I look forward to working with the members of the state committee, our volunteers, activists and donors as we take our conservative message to Missourians from across the state and from all walks of life.

“Working together, I know we will protect what we have built and strengthen our party in preparation for 2014 and beyond.”

Martin brings a long history of service to Missouri and the Republican Party, according to the release. He served as chief of staff to former Gov. Matt Blunt and chairman of the St. Louis Board of Election Commissioners.

In 2012, he was the Republican nominee for Missouri attorney heneral.

Other members of the MOGOP leadership, elected at the meeting, are Trish Vincent, vice chair; Pat Thomas, secretary; and Richard Peerson, treasurer.