JEFFERSON CITY—The Missouri Republican State Committee on Saturday elected John Hancock as Chairman of the state GOP.  Hancock will serve a 2-year term, leading the party through the 2016 elections.Hancock

“It’s an honor to be chosen as chairman of the Republican Party at a time when Missourians prepare to elect new leaders to roll back the avalanche of liberal destruction wrought on this state and our nation over the past 6 years,” said Chairman Hancock. “I look forward to growing the Republican Party and spreading our conservative message of limited government, individual liberty, equal opportunity.”

Hancock brings nearly three decades of political experience to the Missouri Republican Party. A former two-term member of the Missouri House of Representatives, Hancock was the GOP nominee for Missouri Secretary of State in 1992 and 1996. He joined the Missouri Republican Party as Executive Director in 1997, guiding the party during a time of historic growth and fundraising success. Under his leadership, the state GOP gained seats in the U.S. House and U.S. Senate, won majorities in the State House and State Senate, and recaptured the Governor’s office. Since launching John Hancock & Associates in 2003, Hancock has provided services to local, state, and federal political candidates. Hancock is a frequent radio host on KMOX-AM 1120 in St. Louis, where he co-hosts the Hancock & Kelley program, a bi-partisan political talk show.  He also co-hosts a weekly political talk show on KTVI Fox 2 in St Louis.

Also elected: Valinda Freed, Vice Chair; Richard Peerson, Treasurer; Pat Thomas, Secretary.

Hancock can be found on Twitter at @johnrhancock.

Following the State Committee’s decision, Missouri’s elected leaders praised Hancock’s selection:

 Senator Roy Blunt: “John Hancock has the skills and experience to lead the Missouri Republican Party in the crucial 2016 elections. Under John’s leadership, a united MRP is ready for success.”

Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder: “As we approach the 2016 elections, it is critical that we have a vibrant state Republican Party. John Hancock has the expertise and experience to cultivate the grassroots, rebuild the voter file, and return the party to financial health, and I am confident that he will lead the GOP to victory next November.”

 Speaker of the House John Diehl: “John Hancock is a tested leader who had devoted much of his life to advancing the Missouri Republican Party and the conservative cause.  I can’t think of anyone better suited to lead the party at this critical time in the history of our state and nation.”

 Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey: “We are entering a very exciting time for Republicans. With John’s experience and leadership we will be able to strengthen and unite the party. I look forward to working with him as we begin to communicate our message across the state and prepare for the years ahead of us.”