JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Missouri Republican Party has tapped a sitting lawmaker to take the helm.

Rep. Jean Evans will be stepping down from her position in the Missouri House of Representatives to take on the role of Executive Director for the state Republican Party. She is replacing Ray Bozarth, who has served in that capacity since 2016.

“Jean is a great campaigner and operative who knows how to win,” said MOGOP Chair Kay Hoflander. “She understands as I do that Missourians have entrusted Republicans with tremendous influence over the future direction of our state and country, and we’ll work closely together to win Republican victories all over the state.”

Evans was first elected to the House in 2016 and won her re-election bid in 2018. As a lawmaker, she got legislation passed that put a ban on pregnant inmates from being shackled or chained during labor, set the minimum age of marriage in Missouri at 16-years-old, and expanded the definition of “women’s business enterprise” to include a Missouri nonprofit corporation that has a majority of individuals serving on the board of directors and corporate officers who are women.

Prior to her tenure as a legislator, Evans has worked as a real estate agent and investor, as well as coaching and officiating volleyball for 30 years. She is the former President of the Professional Women’s Alliance for St. Louis, and has worked at Westminster Christian Academy. She has served on the Boards for USA Volleyball Gateway Region and the National Association of Women Business Owners. She received the President George W. Bush Award for Volunteerism in 2006.

“Jean Evans has been a tremendous voice for Missouri voters during her time in the House of Representatives,” said Gov. Mike Parson. “Representing a key swing district in St. Louis County, Jean has proven time and again that she knows what it takes to win votes from diverse segments across our state. She’s exactly the leader our Republican Party needs today and I’m happy to welcome her as Executive Director.”