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Ryan McKenna
Missouri Senate

Former state Sen. Ryan McKenna has won Senate confirmation as director of Missouri's labor department.

Senators approved McKenna's appointment Thursday without any discussion.

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.

A new lawsuit seeks to compel Governor Jay Nixon to call special elections to fill four vacant legislative seats.

The lawsuit filed Thursday in Cole County claims Nixon is shirking his duties by not setting special elections.

The 120th House District has been vacant since June, when Republican Representative Jason Smith of Salem won a special election to Congress.

Ryan McKenna
Missouri Senate

Gov. Jay Nixon has filled a cabinet vacancy by appointing fellow Democrat and State Senator Ryan McKenna to head the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations.