Jefferson City, MO – Today, the official portrait of Missouri’s 54th Governor, Matt Blunt, was unveiled during an event at the Missouri State Capitol. Members of the Blunt family, former Blunt Administration team members, and current and former elected officials, including former U.S. Senator Roy Blunt, Governor Mike Parson, and Lieutenant Governor Mike Kehoe, joined Governor Blunt for the ceremony.
“I am proud of what Missouri achieved while I was governor. We repaired a broken budget, made investments in Missouri’s children by providing more for education, made Missouri a better place to create jobs and economic opportunities, created an economic climate that helped entrepreneurs, and invested in Missouri’s infrastructure, all while delivering balanced budgets and tax relief for Missourians. Most importantly, we supported our men and women in the military, law enforcement, and the families that support them,” Governor Blunt said.
“Missourians benefitted greatly under Governor Blunt’s steady leadership,” Lieutenant Governor Kehoe said. “Claudia and I are proud to call Matt and Melanie friends and thank them for their service to the people of our state.”
The portrait, painted by James Tennison, joins the formal portraits of past Missouri governors on the first floor of the Missouri State Capitol.
“It is an honor to continue this tradition in the Missouri State Capitol,” Governor Blunt said. “It is almost a cliché to tell a freshman legislator that virtually nobody knows who the myriad of elected officials in pictures around the capitol are. And if a cliché then still a useful reminder to be humble and get about the people’s business.”
Photos of the portrait unveiling will be available on Lieutenant Governor Kehoe’s Flickr page.