The chair of the Missouri Democratic Party announced Thursday that he is stepping down from his top post this Saturday at the party's reorganization meeting.
That's when the state committee will select a new chairman.
"It has been an absolute honor to lead the party at such a historic time," Temporiti said in a statement. "I’m proud of the job the party has done in expanding the electoral map for Missouri Democrats. The advancements we have made over the last couple of years paid dividends in November and will continue to do so for years to come. By stepping down now, it will give the next chairman of the party the entire election cycle to implement a new agenda, and will allow me to stand ready to serve Gov.-elect Nixon’s administration in any way possible."
Governor-elect Jay Nixon credited Temporiti with helping the Democrats win four of five statewide races last month.
"A key factor in last month’s Democratic victories was the seamless working relationship our campaigns enjoyed with the Missouri Democratic Party," said Gov.-elect Jay Nixon. "It is a testament to John’s leadership that Democrats have made such positive gains in Missouri. I value his work ethic and friendship and will continue to seek his participation as we work to move Missouri forward."