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Missouri House speaker indicates interest in lt. gov.

ST LOUIS (AP) — Incoming Missouri House Speaker Steven Tilley has indicated plans to run for lieutenant governor in two years.

Online campaign finance records posted Monday show the Republican lawmaker’s campaign committee now is backing a run for lieutenant governor. Tilley signed documents to change his campaign committee Dec. 6. They were received by the state Ethics Commission on Friday.

Tilley is from the southeast Missouri town of Perryville. He’s barred by term limits from seeking another House term.

He told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch he is “seriously considering” a run for lieutenant governor and changed his campaign committee to prevent distractions when he begins serving as House speaker next month.

Republican Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder has said previously he does not plan to seek re-election in 2012.

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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com

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