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.
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
2014 David Axelrod
Former Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama and Director of the Institute of Politics at the University of Chicago.
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
2007 Wesley Clark
Former Presidential Candidate and U.S. Army General
2005 Paul Begala
CNN Political Commentator and Author
2004 J.C. Watts
Former U.S. Representative and College Football Star
2003 Mike Peters
Syndicated Political Cartoonist and Creator of Mother Goose and Grimm comic strip.
2002 Bill Bradley
Former Presidential Candidate and Former U.S. Senator
2001 William S. Cohen
Former Secretary of Defense
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