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-- David Bradford '07
Pattonville, MO

2009 Keynote Speakers

Below are our speakers for the 2009 Session.

Roy Blunt  

CONGRESSMAN ROY BLUNT
Saturday, June 13, 2009

Following Opening Night Ceremonies of the 70th session of Missouri Boys State, Missouri Congressman Roy Blunt will deliver the keynote address to the Boys State general assembly. Congressman Blunt came to the United States House of Representatives in 1997 with a background as a public servant, university president and administrator. He became the Majority Whip earlier in his career than any Member of Congress in the last eight decades and also served as Majority Leader. Following his prepared remarks, Congressman Blunt will hold a question and answer session.

     
Congressman Scott Murphy  

CONGRESSMAN SCOTT MURPHY
Sunday, June 14, 2009

Congressman Scott Murphy will speak to the general assembly on Sunday evening in Hendricks Hall. Congressman Murphy was recently elected to the U.S. House of Representatives after a long contested and very close election in New York. He is a Missouri native and former Boys State Governor. Following his prepared remarks Congressman Murphy will hold a question and answer session.

     
Duane Benton  

FEDERAL JUDGE DUANE BENTON
Sunday, June 14, 2009

U.S. Court of Appeals (8th Circuit) Judge Duane Benton will address Boys State on Sunday evening at Hendricks Hall. Judge Benton, a great friend to the Boys State program and member of The American Legion, will offer his best advice to participants of Boys State drawn from his experiences as MO Director of Revenue, MO Supreme Court Justice, little league baseball coach and his years on the federal bench. Judge Benton will hold a question and answer session following his remarks.

     
RICHARD ARMITAGE  

DEPUTY SECRETARY OF STATE (2001-2005)
RICHARD ARMITAGE
Monday, June 15, 2009

Richard Armitage will accept the 21st Annual George W. Lehr Memorial Speakers Chair on Monday night at Hendricks Hall. As deputy secretary of state during one of the most tumultuous times in modern U.S. history, Richard Armitage crafted foreign policy to handle unprecedented challenges. Mr. Armitage offers his truly unique insight to audiences around the globe. As someone who has shaped U.S. foreign policy, Mr. Armitage will share observations about his role at the center of the world stage in a turbulent time speaking on leadership in action, the art of diplomacy, the future of Asia, humanitarianism in action, and the Middle East. Following his prepared remarks Mr. Armitage will hold a question and answer session.

     
MISSOURI GOVERNOR JAY NIXON  

MISSOURI GOVERNOR JAY NIXON
Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon will deliver the keynote address at a special assembly on Tuesday evening in Hendricks Hall. Govenor Nixon has been an outstanding supporter of the Boys State program throughout his years as Missouri's Attorney General and we are very pleased to have him back to Boys State after winning the highest elected position in our state. The Governor will hold a question and answer session following his prepared remarks.

     
MISSOURI SECRETARY OF STATE ROBIN CARNAHAN  

MISSOURI SECRETARY OF STATE ROBIN CARNAHAN
Thursday, June 18, 2009

Missouri Secretary of State will deliver the keynote address and swear-in the newly elected state officials at the Joint Session of the Boys State House and Senate on Thursday evening at Hendricks Hall. Following her prepared remarks, Secretary of State Carnahan will swear-in the new MBS Governor and all new MBS constitutional officers and Supreme Court justices.

   

 

Eric Greitens  

WHITE HOUSE FELLOW AND NAVY SEAL COMMANDER
ERIC GREITENS
Friday, June 19, 2009

White House Fellow, Navy Seal Commander and Rhodes Scholar Eric Greitens will speak to MBS participants on Monday at Hendricks Hall. One of the most accomplished Boys Staters in recent memory, Greitens will share his extraordinary career with Boys Staters in a special assembly. Greitens returned from his last tour of duty in Iraq in 2007. As an award-winning humanitarian leader, Eric has traveled to many war and crisis torn countries to reveal not only the hardship of the people, but also their strength and compassion. Following his prepared remarks he will hold a question and answer session.

   

 

   

 

 

 

 

 
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