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-- Kyle Wayne Dowden '91
Mountain Grove, MO

Press Release

April 26, 2019
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Margaret BrennanWARRENSBURG, MO -- The American Legion Boys State of Missouri is honored to bestow the 2019 Lehr Memorial Chair to Margaret Brennan. Brennan will accept the Lehr Chair on June 17, 2019 during the 80th session of Missouri Boys State.

Margaret Brennan has reported on politics, international affairs, and global markets for nearly two decades. Currently the moderator of CBS News’ Face the Nation and the network’s senior foreign affairs correspondent, she is one of the most visible faces in political news today and only the second-ever female host of the 63-year-old program. Brennan focuses on offering a fact-based review of the day’s biggest ongoing news as well as breaking stories, and draws on her extensive global experience to provide an unbiased, big-picture look at the issues that matter now. She skillfully connects waves passing through Washington to larger global tides turning and remaking culture, politics, the global economy, and more.

Brennan joined CBS News in 2012 and was named White House and senior foreign affairs correspondent in 2017. Brennan has been based in Washington since 2012 and has reported on the Trump administration, and previously President Obama's administration, for all CBS News programs. Previously, Brennan covered the State Department for four years, where she reported on major national security stories including nuclear negotiations with Iran; restoration of diplomatic ties with Cuba; the standoff with North Korea; the conflict in Ukraine; and the accord to transfer control of Syria's chemical weapons.

Prior to joining CBS News, Brennan spent a decade covering the global financial markets. Brennan anchored and reported for Bloomberg Television globally. Previously, she was a correspondent at CNBC with a focus on the consumer during the financial crisis. She also contributed to various NBC News programs. Brennan began her career as a producer for CNBC's Wall $treet Week with Louis Rukeyser.
Brennan is a term member at the Council on Foreign Relations. She graduated with highest distinction from the University of Virginia where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Foreign Affairs and Middle East Studies with a minor in Arabic. As a Fulbright-Hays Scholar, she studied Arabic at Yarmouk University in Irbid, Jordan. She is also the recipient of an honorary doctor of letters degree from Niagara University.

The George W. Lehr Memorial Speakers Chair

The George W. Lehr Memorial 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 and thought leaders to the yearly Boys State session.

To learn more about Missouri Boys State, visit www.moboysstate.org.

Previous George W. Lehr Memorial Chair Speakers

2018 Juan Williams
Fox News Political Analyst
[press release]

2017 John O. Brennan
Former CIA Director
[press release]

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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