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-- Ty Allen Rhoads '09
West Plains, MO

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
March 20, 2015
For more Information Contact Missouri Boys State

KARL ROVE TO ADDRESS 76th SESSION OF MISSOURI BOYS STATE

Karl RoveWARRENSBURG, MO -- Senior Advisor and Deputy Chief of Staff to President George W. Bush and Fox News Contributor, Karl Rove, will accept the 27th Annual George W. Lehr Memorial Speakers Chair and deliver the keynote address at the general assembly of the 76th session of The American Legion Boys State of Missouri, Inc. on Monday evening, June 15th at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg.

Mr. Rove 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. 

During his time at the White House, Rove served as Senior Advisor to President George W. Bush from 2000–2007 and Deputy Chief of Staff from 2004–2007. At the White House he oversaw the Offices of Strategic Initiatives, Political Affairs, Public Liaison, and Intergovernmental Affairs and was Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy, coordinating the White House policy-making process.

Before Karl Rove became known as “The Architect” of President Bush’s 2000 and 2004 campaigns, he was president of Karl Rove + Company, an Austin-based public affairs firm that worked for Republican candidates, non-partisan causes, and non-profit groups. His clients included over 75 Republican U.S. Senate, Congressional, and gubernatorial candidates in 24 states, as well as the Moderate Party of Sweden.

Mr. Rove writes a weekly op-ed for the Wall Street Journal, appears frequently on the Fox News Channel and is the author of the New York Times Bestseller, Courage and Consequence: My Life as a Conservative in the Fight. He has written for various publications, including The Daily Beast, Financial Times, Forbes, FoxNews.com, HumanEvents.com, The Times, Washington Post, and The Weekly Standard.

A Colorado native, he attended the University of Utah, the University of Maryland-College Park, George Mason University, and the University of Texas at Austin.

Mr. Rove has taught graduate students at UT Austin’s Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs and undergraduates in a joint appointment from the Journalism and Government departments at the university. He was also a faculty member at the Salzburg Seminar.

He was previously a member of the Board of International Broadcasting, which oversaw the operations of Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty, and served on the White House Fellows regional selection panel. He was also a member of the Boards of Regents at Texas Women's Union and East Texas State University. Rove now serves on the University of Texas Chancellor’s Council Executive Committee and on the Board of Trustees for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation and the Texas State History Museum Foundation. He is a member of the McDonald Observatory Board of Visitors and the Texas Philosophical Society.

Mr. Rove 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 13 and concluding on June 20, 2015.  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

2014 David Axelrod
Former Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama and Director of the Institute of Politics at the University of Chicago.
[press release]

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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