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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
May 30, 2017
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FORMER CIA DIRECTOR JOHN BRENNAN TO ACCEPT 2017 LEHR MEMORIAL CHAIR

John BrennanWARRENSBURG, MO -- The American Legion Boys State of Missouri is honored to bestow the 2017 George W. Lehr Memorial Speakers Chair to former CIA Director John O. Brennan. Brennon will accept the Lehr Chair on June 19, 2017, during the 78th session of Missouri Boys State.

John O. Brennan was sworn in as director of the Central Intelligence Agency on March 8, 2013. As director, he managed intelligence collection, analysis, covert action, counterintelligence and liaison relationships with foreign intelligence services.

Before becoming director, Brennan served at the White House for four years as assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism. During that time, he advised the President on counterterrorism strategy and helped coordinate the U.S. government’s approach to homeland security, including its policies for responding to terrorism, cyberattacks, natural disasters and pandemics.

Brennan began his service in government at the CIA, where he worked from 1980 to 2005. He spent most of his early career in the agency’s main analytic arm, the Directorate of Intelligence, specializing in the Near East and South Asia before directing counterterrorism analysis in the early 1990s. In 1994 and 1995, he was the agency’s intelligence briefer to President Bill Clinton.

After an assignment as a chief of station in the Middle East, Brennan served from 1999 to 2001 as chief of staff to George Tenet, who was then director of Central Intelligence.

Brennan next worked as deputy executive director of the CIA until 2003, when he began leading a multiagency effort to establish what would become the National Counterterrorism Center. In 2004, he became the center’s interim director. After retiring from the CIA in 2005, Brennan worked in the private sector for three years.

Brennan graduated from Fordham University with a bachelor’s degree in political science. While enrolled at Fordham, he studied abroad at the American University in Cairo. He later attended the University of Texas at Austin, where he earned a master’s degree in government with a concentration in Middle Eastern studies.

Brennan was born in North Bergen, New Jersey. He is married and has three children

 

The George W. Lehr Memorial Speakers Chair

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.



Previous George W. Lehr Memorial Chair Speakers

2016 Gov. Jay Nixon
Missouri's 55th Governor from 2009 to 2017 and long-time friend of the Missouri Boys State Program.

2015 Karl Rove
Senior Advisor and Deputy Chief of Staff to President George W. Bush and Fox News Contributor
[press release]

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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