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Public official statements on Emerson retirement

Several public officials have released statements regarding Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson's retirement announcement.

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) - "Jo Ann is a great friend and a great member of Congress. No one would be better at defending rural electric cooperatives, which play a critically important part in connecting rural Americans to the resources they need. I know that Jo Ann will continue serving Missourians in this new role as she fights for rural communities in our state and across America."

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) - "I congratulate Representative Emerson on her years of work for Missouri. Jo Ann is a middle of the road moderate—an approach I know firsthand can sometimes be a lonely one. Our state has benefited from Jo Ann's public service, and I wish her the best, and look forward to continuing our work together for Missouri."

Gov. Jay Nixon (D) - "Congresswoman Emerson has been a champion for the people of southeast Missouri and our entire state, and has reached across the aisle numerous times in a bi-partisan way to pass legislation. As both Governor and Attorney General, I have been honored to work closely with her many times to benefit Missouri, especially on agricultural, energy and river management issues. I wish her well in her new position after she leaves Congress."

Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder (R) - "I am certainly giving careful thought and consideration to this opportunity to represent the 8th District in Congress. I have long been engaged in federal issues, from the beginning of my career in my hometown of Cape Girardeau heading the first two campaigns for Bill Emerson and working on his staff in Washington to leading the fight against ObamaCare. It would be an honor to serve in Congress.

While I weigh this decision, I am mindful of the fact I was just re-elected Lieutenant Governor and must consider the people's trust in me to serve in that capacity for the State of Missouri.

While it would be an honor to serve, this is a committee decision, and over the coming weeks I will be communicating directly to the members to gauge support for my potential candidacy. It is important to let the committee process take its course, and only after talking to committee members will I make a decision on whether to seek the nomination."

Missouri Sen. Jason Crowell (R) - "The news that Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson will be leaving United States Congress and that a special election will most likely take place in early 2013 caught me by surprise today. My phone has been ringing non-stop since early this morning. I have been called by constituents, activists, colleagues, voters and friends from all over Southern Missouri urging me to enter this race. I have not had a chance to discuss this most recent of developments over with my wife and family. At this time I have no idea about my future plans, but I am humbled and honored by the confidence so many have shown me. I am very concerned with the direction of our country and feel we must cut spending and shrink the size of our federal government. On the state level I fiercely defended conservative values shared by Southern Missourians leading efforts to reform tax credits, state pensions and Medicaid, while doing all I could to oppose special interest give-a-ways like China Hub. While I am a loyal Republican many times I found myself at odds with what the special interests and particular party leaders expected me to do and always chose my constituents over politics. I will continue to discuss how I might best help advance a common sense conservative agenda with my wife and family and Republicans in Southern Missouri. Several other fine individuals have been mentioned for this developing race; to me the most important thing for our party is to ensure that Southern Missouri sends a true common sense conservative to Washington D.C. to represent our values and help once and for all solve the politician-inflicted fiscal situation we find ourselves as Americans confronting."

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