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-- Nicholas Carrell '04
West Plains, MO

2017 Keynote Speakers

Below are our speakers for the 2017 Session.



Sunday, June 18, 2017

Ted Kulongoski attended the 1958 session of Missouri Boys State.  After graduating from Ritenour High School in St. Louis, MO, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and, on returning from duty in Southeast Asia, spent a few years as a truck driver and a bricklayer in a steel mill in Alton, Illinois. Those experiences and the availability of the GI Bill gave him the impetus and the financial opportunity to put himself through school at the University of Missouri.  Soon after receiving his degree he moved to Eugene, Oregon and became a labor lawyer.

In 1974, Kulongoski was elected to the Oregon House of Representatives.  In 1987 the Governor of Oregon appointed Ted to the post of State Insurance Commissioner.

In 1992 Kulongoski was elected as Oregon’s Attorney General where he focused on reforming the juvenile justice system.  In 1996 he decided against running for re-election and instead successfully ran for the Oregon Supreme Court.  

After winning the 2002 Democratic Party nomination for Governor, he ran a campaign focusing on his reputation as a consensus-builder and problem solver. He argued for a pragmatic approach to solving the state’s budget crisis and recession – a marked departure from the more confrontational style of Oregon’s outgoing governor.  He won and took office in 2003.  

Winning reelection in 2006, Kulongoski remained committed to ensuring every Oregon child receives the educational opportunity to succeed and ensuring every student can access higher education or vocational training.

After leaving the Governor’s Office in 2011, he was appointed to the Public Safety Commission and in 2012 he joined the faculty at Portland State University in the school’s Mark O. Hatfield School of Government. 




Monday, June 19, 2017

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.

John 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.




Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Nicole Galloway is the 38th State Auditor of Missouri. As State Auditor, Nicole brings her expertise to work for all Missourians to be their watchdog holding government accountable. Sworn in as auditor in April 2015, Nicole's audits have already shown results for Missouri taxpayers. She has uncovered more than $50 million in waste, fraud, abuse and mismanagement, and her audits have changed the way officials around the state do business on behalf of taxpayers. Some of her audits have led to charges filed against officials who abused their power or misspent the funds of elderly and vulnerable citizens.

Prior to becoming State Auditor Nicole was Treasurer of Boone County for four years. As Treasurer, Nicole managed a $100 million investment portfolio and nearly $200 million in annual revenues. She protected the county’s leading bond rating and put its financial strength to use to save taxpayers more than $4.6 million. She was Secretary/Treasurer of the Missouri Technology Corporation, investing in entrepreneurs to help create jobs, and she served as Secretary/Treasurer of the Missouri County Employees’ Retirement Fund, protecting the retirement benefits of nearly 16,000 participants in 111 counties.

A native of Fenton, Missouri Galloway holds a bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics and economics from Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, and a master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Missouri.  She is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Fraud Examiner.




Thursday, June 22, 2017

Attorney General Josh Hawley was elected as the 42nd Attorney General for the State of Missouri on Nov. 8, 2016. He was officially sworn into office on Jan. 9, 2017.

Hawley is a conservative constitutional attorney and the first Republican Attorney General in Missouri since 1993.

A native of Lexington, Missouri in rural Lafayette County, Hawley graduated from Rockhurst High School in Kansas City and went on to graduate with highest honors from Stanford University. He attended Yale Law School, where he served as Articles Editor for the Yale Law Journal and as president of the Yale Federalist Society. He subsequently earned clerkships at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit and the United States Supreme Court.

Hawley and his wife, Erin, have two young sons.

Hawley is a constitutional lawyer and a recognized national expert on the Constitution. He has litigated in the Supreme Court of the United States, most of the federal courts of appeals, federal district courts and state courts across the country. Hawley is also a former professor of law at the University of Missouri.




Friday, June 23, 2017

Eric Greitens is an American politician, author, and former Navy SEAL, and is currently serving as the 56th Governor of Missouri, since January 2017.  He attended Missouri Boys State in 1991                                      .

Born and raised in St. Louis, MO, Greitens graduated from Parkway North High School before attending Duke University.  After earning a PhD at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, he became a Lieutenant Commander of the Navy SEAL, serving four tours of duty around the world.   During his service, he earned numerous decorations and awards including: Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Joint Service Commendation Medal, and Navy Commendation Medal. 

Appointed by President George W. Bush in 2005 to serve as a White House Fellow, Greitens worked in the Department of Housing and Urban Development and created a program calls Universities Rebuilding America Partnership to assist with the rebuilding efforts after Hurricane Katrina.  During his time as a White House Fellow, he co-founded the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll Program. 

In 2007, Greitens used his combat pay to start The Mission Continues – a non-profit organization which encourages and challenges veterans to heal themselves through public service by engaging in volunteer activities across the country. 

Greitens is the author of Strength and Compassion (2008) and the 2011 New York Times best-seller The Heart and The Fist.   In 2015 his book Resilience: Hard-Won Wisdom for Living a Better Life draws on letters Greitens wrote to a fellow SEAL struggling with PTSD.




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