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"MO Boy's State was one of the best weeks in my life. It not only was a great way to learn about our government and hear public speakers, but it was also a life-changing event."

-- Dylan Noble '10
Sedalia, MO

Distinguished Speakers

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon

Every year, Missouri Boys State brings a distinguished list of speakers to share with the citizens. Many of the elected officials of Missouri attend to include the Governor, Treasurer, Secretary of State, Attorney General, and U.S. Senators and Representatives. We also have other professionals, atheletes, and community service or military leaders. There is usually a question and answer period that Boys State citizens have become know for their thoughtful and insightful questions.

In addition, we present special recognition to one speaker each year. The George W. Lehr Memorial Speakers 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 to the yearly Boys State session to interact with its participants.

 

David Axelrod

2016 - Gov. Jay Nixon
FORMER MISSOURI STATE GOVERNOR

 

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Past Lehr Chair speakers include:

David Axelrod

2015 - Karl Rove
FORMER WHITE HOUSE DEPUTY CHIEF OF STAFF

 

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David Axelrod

2014 - David Axelrod
JOURNALIST AND PRESIDENTIAL ADVISOR

 

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Bob Woodward

2013 - Bob Woodward
JOURNALIST AND AUTHOR

 

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James Carville

2012 - James Carville
MEDIA PERSONALITY AND POLITICAL ICON

 

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John C. Danforth

2011 - John C. Danforth
FORMER U.S. AMBASSADOR TO THE UNITED NATIONS

 

AND MISSOURI SENATOR

 

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John Bolton

2010 - John Bolton
FORMER U.S. AMBASSADOR TO THE UNITED NATIONS

 

 

 

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Richard Armitage

2009 - Richard Armitage
Former U.S. Deputy Secretary of State

 

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Gov Mike Huckabee

2008 - Mike Huckabee
Presedential Candidate, former Governor of Arkansas

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Gen Wesley Clark

2007 - Wesley Clark
Former Presidential Candidate and U.S. Army General

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John Aschcroft

2006 - John Ashcroft
Former U.S. Attorney General and Governor of Missouri

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Paul Begala

2005 - Paul Begala
CNN Political Commentator and Author

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J.C. Watts

2004 - J.C. Watts
Former U.S. Representative and College Football Star

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Mike Peters

2003 - Mike Peters
Syndicated Political Cartoonist and Creator of Mother Goose and Grimm comic strip

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Bill Bradley

2002 - Bill Bradley
Former Presidential Candidate and Former U.S. Senator

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William S. Cohen
2001 - William S. Cohen
Former Secretary of Defense
Lisa Myers
2000 - Lisa Myers
National Correspondent for NBC News - Washington
Rev. Emmanuel Cleaver
1999 - Rev. Emmanuel Cleaver
Minister and Former Mayor of Kansas City
David R. Gergen
1998 - David R. Gergen
Former U.S. Presidential Advisor
William J. Perry
1997 - William J. Perry
Former U.S. Secretary of Defense
Lamar Alexander
1996 - Lamar Alexander
Former Presidential Candidate and Former U.S. Secretary of Education
Robert M. Gates
1995 - Dr. Robert M. Gates
U.S. Secretary of Defense, former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency
Paul E. Tsongas
1994 - Paul E. Tsongas
Former Presidential Candidate and Senator from Massachusetts
Edward D. "Chip" Robertson
1993 - Edward D. “Chip” Robertson
Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice
Christopher "Kit" Bond
1992 - Senator Christopher “Kit” Bond
Former MO Attorney General, Governor and current senior U.S. Senator
Thomas DeFrank
1991 - Thomas DeFrank
Author and White House Correspondent for Newsweek Magazine
Robert Hyland
1990 - Robert F. Hyland
Corporate Vice-President CBS Radio, St. Louis
William Proxmire
1989 - William Proxmire
Former U. S. Senator from Wisconsin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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