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-- Dalton Hendren '12
Nevada, MO

2016 Keynote Speakers

Below are our speakers for the 2016 Session.

Bob Holden


Bob Holden
Saturday, June 18, 2016

Following Opening Night Ceremonies of the 77th session of Missouri Boys State former Missouri Governer Bob Holden will deliver the keynote address at a special assembly in Hendricks Hall. Bob has been a long time friend of Missouri Boys State. He has volunteered with the program for 30 years and serves on the Board of Directors.

Governor Holden is chairman of The Holden Group, LLC, where he advises public and private sector clients on business development and international trade strategies. He also serves as the Chairman of the new Midwest U.S.-China Association (MWCA) where he works with all Midwestern governors to improve economic cooperation and stimulate business growth between the Midwestern states and China. Additionally, he leads the Holden Public Policy Forum at Webster University. As a visiting professor, Governor Holden lectures on public policy and leadership throughout the worldwide Webster campus network. Governor Holden is also a member of the Chicago Gloval Council on Immigratio Reform and a board member for the Missouri Energy Initiative. Following his prepared remarks, Governor Holden will hold a question and answer session.


Kansas City Mayor Sly James


Kansas City Mayor Sly James
Sunday, June 19, 2016

Kansas City Mayor Sly James will deliver a keynote address at a special assembly on Sunday evening in Hendricks Hall. This is his fourth visit to the Boys State program and he will provide a candid and entertaining discussion of the issues facing elected officials at the city level.

We are very pleased to have him as part of the program again this year. The Mayor will hold a question and answer session following his prepared remarks.

Sly attended Bishop Hogan High School in Kansas City, graduating in 1969. While there, Sly was the president of his junior class. During his 26-year legal career, Sly developed a proven record of success as a leader, an effective coalition builder, and a fierce advocate. He joined Blackwell, Sanders, Matheny, Weary & Lombardi in 1983, and became the first African-American partner in the firm’s history in 1990.


Frank White


Frank White
Monday, June 20, 2016

Former Major League Baseball player, and coach for the Kansas City Royals and their AA affiliate.  Born in Mississippi but grew up in Kansas City where he attended Lincoln High School. As a laborer he helped build Kaufman Stadium, where he would later spend 18 years as a Kansas City Royal, earning eight Gold Gloves and five All-Start game selections as a second baseman.  White was instrumental in helping the Royals capture their first World Series Championship in 1985.  He was inducted into the Royals Hall of Fame in 1995. 

White was elected to the County Legislature on Nov. 4, 2014. He chaired the influential Land Use Committee and served on the Budget, Health & Environment and Public Works Committees.


GOP Gubernatorial Forum


GOP Gubernatorial Forum
Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Missouri Boys State will host a GOP Gubernatorial Forum featuring Republican candidates for Missouri Governor. Moderated by journalist Scott Faughn, the forum will be an opportunity for Boys State citizens to hear from the GOP candidates for Missouri Governor in 2016.


Missouri Governor Jay Nixon


Missouri Governor Jay Nixon
Thursday, June 23, 2016

Governor Nixon will accept the 28th Annual George W. Lehr Memorial Speaker’s Chair on Thursday evening.  Jay Nixon is serving his second term as governor of Missouri. As Governor he has worked to make government more efficient, effective and responsive to the needs of Missouri families. He is committed to maintaining fiscal discipline, creating jobs, growing the economy and investing in public education. Prior to becoming Governor, Jay Nixon was elected to a record four terms as Missouri’s Attorney General. In 1986, he was elected to his first term in the Missouri State Senate, where he would represent the people of Jefferson County for six years.


LT. General Martin R. Steele


LT. General Martin R. Steele
Friday, June 24, 2016

Lt. Gen. Martin Steele rose from Marine Corps private to three-star general, culminating his military career as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans, Policies, and Operations at Headquarters, US Marine Corps. Upon his retirement from active duty he served as President & CEO of the Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum. Lt. Gen. Steele currently serves as the Associate Vice President for Veterans Research, Executive Director of Military Partnerships, and Co-Chair of the Veterans Reintegration Committee at the University of South Florida. Lt. Gen. Steele attended Arkansas Boys State in 1963.




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