The Missouri House has voted 109-44 to override Gov. Nixon’s veto of the legislature’s redistricting of Congressional districts.
The legislature approved the new map last week. The governor vetoed it Saturday and asked the legislature to approve a new map. The map reflects Missouri’s loss of one Congressional seat due to the 2010 Census.
The House received the minimum votes needed to approve an override; a two-thirds vote of the body. The task became more difficult when Rep. Sally Faith, a Republican from St. Charles, left the legislature when elected as mayor of St. Charles. That reduced the Republican to 105. Three Democrats had voted for the measure initially, leaving House Republican leaders a vote short of the two-thirds needed. Democrat Jonas Hughes of Kansas City joined fellow Kansas City Democrat Michael Brown and St. Louis Democrats Jamilah Nasheed and Penny Hubbard in voting to override the veto of Nixon, a Democrat.
The override attempt now shifts to the Senate, which had more than enough votes on initial approval to complete the override.