labor department http://kbia.org en McKenna confirmed as Mo. labor department director http://kbia.org/post/mckenna-confirmed-mo-labor-department-director <p></p><p></p><p>Former state Sen. Ryan McKenna has won Senate confirmation as director of Missouri's&nbsp;labor department.</p><p>Senators approved McKenna's appointment Thursday without any discussion.</p><p>McKenna resigned from the Senate in December after Gov. Jay Nixon appointed him as head of the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations. The Democrat from Jefferson County began the new job last month but needed Senate confirmation to remain in the post.</p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 21:37:24 +0000 Associated Press 46755 at http://kbia.org McKenna confirmed as Mo. labor department director Former Mo. lawmaker tapped for labor agency post http://kbia.org/post/former-mo-lawmaker-tapped-labor-agency-post <p>Gov. Jay Nixon has appointed a former state lawmaker as acting director of the agency responsible for collecting unemployment insurance taxes and paying jobless benefits.</p><p>The Columbia Daily Tribune reported Wednesday that Nixon has named Ken Jacob to head the state Labor Department's Division of Employment Security.</p><p>Jacob, a Democrat from Columbia, will serve as acting director in place of Gracia Backer, who left the position without a public explanation. A permanent nomination requires Senate confirmation.</p> Thu, 28 Mar 2013 14:02:14 +0000 Associated Press 31126 at http://kbia.org Former Mo. lawmaker tapped for labor agency post