Mayer sees calming future after 2 years of tumult

Rob Mayer’s time as the Missouri Senate’s president pro tem — the top Senate leadership post — was born in controversy nearly 19 months ago and, some would argue, stayed there for most of the time.

“We had a drawing (in the Republican caucus),” Sen. Kevin Engler, R-Farmington, reminded the whole Senate during the final minutes on May 18, the last day lawmakers could debate and vote on bills.

Engler, the Senate’s floor leader in 2009-10, had been expected to be chosen as the next president pro tem during the GOP’s after-election caucus in November 2010.

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