Local Republican officials nominated Saturday 32-year-old state Rep. Jason Smith for the open seat in Missouri's 8th District.
"Jason is a hard worker, good conservative," Missouri GOP strategist James Harris said. "He fits the district very well. And he's very knowledgeable about [agricultural] issues."
Given the very heavy Republican bent of the district, Smith is all but certain to become the newest Show-Me State House member after the June 4 special election. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson, R-Mo., resigned from Congress last month, prompting a special election to succeed her.
The 8th District, which stretches over a vast swath of the southeastern part of the state, including the Bootheel, is strongly Republican turf. In 2012, voters there only gave Barack Obama about 32 percent of the vote.
Roll Call rates the race as Safe Republican.