- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 14, 2016

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Republican Gov.-elect Eric Greitens wants former U.S. Attorney Todd Graves to lead the Missouri Republican Party as its chairman.

Greitens announced his support for Graves late Tuesday.

While the governor-elect can endorse a slate of leadership for the state party, it’s up to the Republican State Committee to vote on its next chairman. A vote is scheduled for January.

A replacement is needed because current chairman John Hancock said last month that he will step down to return to political consulting.

Graves works as a private attorney at Graves Garrett in Kansas City.

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