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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
March 21, 2014
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DAVID AXELROD TO ADDRESS 75th SESSION OF MISSOURI BOYS STATE

David AxelrodWARRENSBURG, MO -- Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama and director of the Institute of Politics at the University of Chicago David Axelrod 26th Annual George W. Lehr Memorial Speakers Chair and deliver the keynote address at the general assembly of the 75th session of The American Legion Boys State of Missouri, Inc. on Saturday evening, June 14th at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg.

Mr. Axelrod will address nearly 1,000 of Missouri’s finest high school juniors who are participating in a week-long citizenship and leadership training program sponsored by the Missouri Department of the American Legion. His keynote address will also kick off the 75th Session of Missouri Boys State.

During his time at the White House, Axelrod was the Administration's most frequent presence on the influential Sunday talk shows including NBC’s Meet the Press, ABC’s This Week, CBS’s Face the Nation, FOX News Sunday and CNN’s State of the Union. He also appeared several times on The Tonight Show, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Late Show with David Letterman just to name a few.

From 1988 to 2008, Axelrod was the founder and senior partner at the consulting firm AKPD Message and Media, based in Chicago. In that capacity, he managed media strategy and communications for more than 150 local, state and national campaigns, with a focus on progressive candidates and causes.

Active in charitable work in Chicago, Axelrod has supported Special Olympics and Misericordia. In 1998, he and his wife, Susan, helped found Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy (CURE), which has raised over $26 million so far for scientists searching for a cure.

Axelrod plans to discuss the life and times of working as a presidential advisor and his wide variety of experiences on the campaign trail.  

The George W. Lehr Memorial Speakers Chair was established in 1988 as part of the 50th Anniversary celebration of the Missouri Boys State program.  The Lehr Chair was created to honor the late Missouri State Auditor George W. Lehr, who was a Boys State participant in his youth and a tireless supporter of Missouri Boys State during his public life.  The Lehr Chair was designed to assist the Boys State program in bringing the finest names in public service to the yearly Boys State session to interact with its participants.

The American Legion Boys State of Missouri will be held on the campus of University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, MO beginning on Saturday, June 14 and concluding on June 21, 2014.  The participants must have completed their junior year in high school and must have distinguished themselves as leaders in their high school and community.  

 

Previous George W. Lehr Memorial Speakers Chair

2013 Bob Woodward
One of America’s preeminent investigative reporters and non-fiction authors.

2012 James Carville
Media personality and political icon.

2011 John Danforth
Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and former Missouri Senator

2010 John Bolton
Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations

2009 Richard Armitage
Former U.S. Deputy Secretary of State

2008 Mike Huckabee
Former Arkansas Governor and Presidental candidate
[press release]

2007 Wesley Clark
Former Presidential Candidate and U.S. Army General

2005 Paul Begala
CNN Political Commentator and Author
[press release]

2004 J.C. Watts
Former U.S. Representative and College Football Star
[press release]

2003 Mike Peters
Syndicated Political Cartoonist and Creator of Mother Goose and Grimm comic strip.
[press release]

2002 Bill Bradley
Former Presidential Candidate and Former U.S. Senator
[press release]

2001 William S. Cohen
Former Secretary of Defense
[press release]

2000 Lisa Myers
National Correspondent for NBC News - Washington

1999 Rev. Emmanuel Cleaver
Minister and Former Mayor of Kansas City

1998 David R. Gergen
Former U.S. Presidential Advisor

1997 William J. Perry
Former U.S. Secretary of Defense

1996 Lamar Alexander
Former Presidential Candidate and Former U.S. Secretary of Education

1995 Dr. Robert M. Gates
Former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency

1994 Paul E. Tsongas
Former Presidential Candidate and Senator from Massachusetts

1993 Edward D. “Chip” Robertson
Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice

1992 Senator Christopher “Kit” Bond
Former MO Attorney General, Governor and current senior U.S. Senator

1991 Thomas DeFrank
Author and White House Correspondent for Newsweek Magazine

1990 Robert F. Hyland
Corporate Vice-President CBS Radio, St. Louis

1989 William Proxmire
Former U. S. Senator from Wisconsin

 

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