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"To this day, I still tell stories of Missouri Boys State. I don't hesitate to say that it was the single best and most influential week of my life. Missouri Boys State helped me to shape my life and to further my interest in politics."

-- Joseph Paddock '13
Springfield, MO

2019 Keynote Speakers

Below are our speakers for the 2019 Session.

KANSAS CITY MAYOR SLY JAMES

 

KANSAS CITY MAYOR SLY JAMES
Sunday, June 16, 2019

Kansas City Mayor Sly James will deliver a keynote address at a special assembly Sunday evening in Hendricks Hall. James was sworn in as the 56th mayor of Kansas City in March 2011.

James focuses his efforts to make Kansas City best in fourareas, known as the "4 E agenda": Education, Employment, Efficiency and Enforcement. James has worked to raise Kansas City’s statewide and national profile by highlighting the myriad of cultural and human capital resources. At the state level, he has been a voice for common-sense gun control laws, economic development tools and education reform. Prior to his election, James enjoyed a successful legal career which spanned almost three decades. He developed a proven record of success as a leader, an effective coalition builder and a fierce advocate.

     

JOURNALIST MARGARET BRENNAN

 

JOURNALIST MARGARET BRENNAN
Monday, June 17, 2019

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.

     

MISSOURI ATTORNEY GENERAL ERIC SCHMITT

 

MISSOURI ATTORNEY GENERAL ERIC SCHMITT
Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Missouri Attorney Gen. Eric Schmitt will deliver a keynote address at a special assembly Tuesday evening in Hendricks Hall. Schmitt was appointed attorney general of Missouri by Gov. Mike Parson on Nov. 18, 2018, after the incumbent, Josh Hawley, was elected to the U.S. Senate. Schmitt began his tenure Jan. 3, 2019. He previously served as the 46th treasurer of Missouri from 2017 to 2019. As state treasurer, Schmitt focused on protecting Missouri taxpayers, supporting small businesses and empowering individuals and their families while overseeing the state’s $4 billion investment portfolio as its chief financial officer. Schmitt attended De Smet High School in St. Louis and graduated from Truman State University. He attended law school at Saint Louis University. Schmitt previously served as an alderman for the city of Glendale and two terms in the Missouri state Senate. He was inspired to enter public service to be a voice for his son who was born with a rare genetic condition.

 

     

MISSOURI LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR MIKE KEHOE

 

MISSOURI LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR MIKE KEHOE
Thursday, June 20, 2019

Missouri Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe will deliver a keynote address at a special assembly Thursday evening in Hendricks Hall. Kehoe was appointed lieutenant governor of Missouri by Gov. Mike Parson on June 18, 2018, after the incumbent, Parson, was sworn in as governor June 1, 2018. Kehoe previously served as Missouri state senator of the 6th District, serving Cole, Gasconade, Maries, Miller, Moniteau, Morgan and Osage counties since he was first elected in 2010 and re-elected in 2014. As state senator, Kehoe served as the assistant majority floor leader for two years and majority floor leader for three years. Before running for state Senate, Kehoe was appointed by former Gov. Matt Blunt to the Missouri Highway and Transportation Commission, where he served from May 2005 to July 2009. Born in St. Louis, Kehoe has lived in Mid-Missouri for more than 30 years. Prior to entering politics, Kehoe was a businessman, owning a car dealership in Jefferson City.

     

LIEUTENANT GENERAL MARTIN STEELE (RET.)

 

LIEUTENANT GENERAL MARTIN STEELE (RET.)
Friday, June 21, 2019

Lt. Gen. Martin Steele will deliver a keynote address at a special assembly Friday evening in Hendricks Hall. Lt. Gen. 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, U.S. 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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