Missouri House republican leader Delbert Scott has stepped down from his leadership position. Scott was elected leader by the republican caucus after Representative Mark Richardson of Poplar Bluff resigned after a drunk driving incident. He won another election as minority leader and decided it was time to quit before the 2001 legislative session. Scott says he has no regrets as House republican leader, though the party never gained majority status during his tenure. It did become a more vocal minority under Scott and is credited with slowing down the legislative process last session–a point of pride for republicans and object of scorn for democrats.