Of Counsel Bryan Pratt has been selected by his colleagues in the Missouri House of Representatives to serve as the next speaker pro tem. This is the second ranking position behind the House speaker and has been a stepping stone to that position. While representatives in the speaker pro tem spot have historically been relegated to presiding over the House in the speaker's absence, the last legislator to hold the seat played a major role in handling some of the legislature's highest profile bills in recent months. Bryan, a 1999 law graduate of the University of Missouri - Columbia, is recognized for his procedural savvy and dedication . He has served in the House since 2002 and previously chaired the House Judiciary Committee.