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Missouri lawmaker resigns to take county government job

A term-limited Missouri senator is resigning two months early to take a county government job.

Republican Sen. John Griesheimer, of Washington, left the Legislature on Friday to become the presiding commissioner of Franklin County.

Griesheimer was elected presiding commissioner on Tuesday and Gov. Jay Nixon’s appointment allows him to start the job immediately.

Griesheimer would have left the Legislature in January. He replaces Edward Hillhouse, who resigned to become the executive director of the East-West Gateway Council of Governments.

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