Matt Blunt

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Matt Blunt
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Blunt's official photo as Missouri's 54th Governor
54th Governor of Missouri
In office
January 10, 2005 – January 12, 2009
Lieutenant Peter Kinder
Preceded by Bob Holden
Succeeded by Jay Nixon
37th Missouri Secretary of State
In office
January 8, 2001 – January 10, 2005
Governor Bob Holden
Preceded by Bekki Cook
Succeeded by Robin Carnahan
Member of the Missouri House of Representatives
In office
1999–2001
Preceded by Phillip Wannemacher
Succeeded by Brad Roark
Personal details
Born (1970-11-20) November 20, 1970 (age 43)
Greene County, Missouri
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Melanie A. Blunt
Children William Branch (age 9) and Brooks Anderson (56 months)[1]
Residence Springfield, Missouri
Alma mater United States Naval Academy
Profession Navy Officer
Religion Southern Baptist
Military service
Service/branch United States Navy
Rank Lieutenant Commander
Battles/wars Operation Support Democracy
Operation Enduring Freedom
Awards Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (4)

Matthew Roy Blunt (born November 20, 1970) served as the 54th Governor of Missouri from 2005 to 2009. Before his election as governor, Blunt served ten years in the United States Navy, was elected to serve in the Missouri General Assembly in 1998, and as Missouri's Secretary of State in 2000.

A Republican, Blunt was elected governor on November 2, 2004, carrying 101 of Missouri's 114 counties. At age 33, he became the second youngest person ever elected to that office after Kit Bond. Blunt did not seek a second term as governor, announcing his decision in an address to Missourians on January 22, 2008.[2] After working as a consultant, in 2011, he was hired as the president of the American Automotive Policy Council in 2011.[3]

Early life, education, and family[edit]

Born in 1970 in Greene County, Missouri, he is the son of politician Roy Blunt and his first wife Roseann Ray Blunt. The senior Blunt was first elected to office in 1984 as Secretary of State for Missouri. He was elected as US Representative in 1997 and as US Senator (R-Missouri) in 2010. After graduating from Jefferson City High School in Jefferson City, Missouri, Matt Blunt was accepted into the United States Naval Academy, where he received a bachelor's degree in history in 1993.

Blunt and his wife Melanie were married in May 1997. The couple has two sons, William Branch Blunt, born on March 9, 2005, and Brooks Anderson Blunt, born on January 1, 2010.[1] Blunt is a member of the State Historical Society of Missouri, the American Legion, and the Missouri Farm Bureau.

Naval career[edit]

As an officer in the United States Navy, Blunt served as an engineering officer aboard the USS Jack Williams and as the navigator and administrative officer on the destroyer USS Peterson.

His active duty service included participation in Operation Support Democracy, involving the United Nations blockade of Haiti, missions to interdict drug traffic off the South American coast, and on duties involved in the interdiction of Cuban migrants in 1994. During his Naval career, Blunt received numerous commendations, including four Navy and Marine Corps Achievement medals. He entered the Navy Reserve.

Following the September 11, 2001 attacks, Blunt was called back into active naval service, after he had been elected to the office of Secretary of State for Missouri. He completed a six-month tour of duty in Great Britain during Operation Enduring Freedom, during which time he continued to work full-time for the state as well.[4] He was a Lieutenant Commander in the Navy Reserve.

Early political career[edit]

In 1998, Blunt was elected as a Republican to the Missouri House of Representatives to represent the 139th legislative district for a two-year term. In 2000, he was elected Missouri Secretary of State; although only a first-term state representative, Blunt defeated the Speaker of the Missouri House of Representatives, Steve Gaw. Blunt was the only Republican elected to statewide office in Missouri in 2000.

In the general election on November 7, 2000, Blunt defeated Democratic opponent Steve Gaw with 51.4% of the vote, to Gaw's 45.1%.[5] Blunt was 29 on election day, 30 at the time he assumed office, making him the youngest ever to win statewide office in Missouri. His father had been elected to the same office at age 34.[4]

As Secretary of State, Blunt promoted a state election reform bill in 2002, which won support of the Republican-controlled Senate and Democratic House. In 2004, Blunt required all electronic voting machines purchased by the state to produce a voter-verified paper ballot.[6]

Missouri gubernatorial election results, 2004[edit]

On November 2, 2004, Blunt defeated then-State Auditor Claire McCaskill 50.8% – 47.9% and was elected Governor of Missouri. Blunt carried 101 of the state's 114 counties. McCaskill was later elected as a US Senator from Missouri.

Missouri Gubernatorial Election 2004
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Matt Blunt 1,382,419 50.8
Democratic Claire McCaskill 1,301,442 47.9

Governor of Missouri[edit]

Governor Matt Blunt visits Louisiana

When Blunt took office on January 10, 2005, it was the first time in Missouri since 1921 that a Republican held the Governor's office with Republican majorities in both houses of the State Legislature. Blunt and his allies in the Missouri General Assembly moved quickly to enact legislation that they said would create a positive business climate in the state and result in job growth.[7]

Aided by a Republican-led legislature, Blunt enacted almost all of his policy proposals.[8] Among the legislation passed were tort reform measures that overhauled the state's legal system,[9] and changes in the state's workers compensation laws. In September 2009, a report was issued showing medical malpractice claims in Missouri at a 30-year low, believed to result from Blunt's enactment of tort reform in 2005.[10]

Fiscal policy[edit]

Blunt believed he had to reduce spending to deal with what he described as a state financial crisis.[11] Along with the Republican leadership in the General Assembly, Blunt trimmed state spending in order to keep the budget balanced without raising taxes. Particularly controversial were provisions reducing coverage of programs created by state legislation to provide a social net, especially to families. After some minor changes to the Governor's original requests, the final version was passed.[12] The state reduced the number of people who qualified for Medicaid, although this is a federally funded program. Families without other coverage were dependent on hospital emergency rooms to gain health services, increasing the overall costs to the state. Approximately 90,000 Missourians, including elderly, disabled and children, had their health benefits cut off due to Blunt's actions through the legislature.[13]

Two years later, with an election almost a year away, Governor Blunt implemented the MO HealthNet Initiative, Senate Bill SB577.[14] This was intended to offer residents more choices and more rewards for healthy behavior. Some were deemed qualified again for Medicaid coverage.[15]

In July 2007, Blunt signed an executive order launching the Missouri Accountability Portal (MAP),[16] which provides Missourians with free, immediate, online information about how the state spends taxpayer money.[17] MAP was one of the nation's first comprehensive and searchable databases of financial records based on real-time data. Blunt's initiative has become a model for other states and nations seeking to improve government transparency. British Conservative Party leader, David Cameron, called Blunt's MAP "a powerful tool to control public spending."[18]

Blunt signed several job creation initiatives including tax cuts, tort reform, and workers' compensation reform. Blunt also created the Quality Jobs program,[19] an initiative has been expanded by his successor, Governor Jay Nixon.[20] Under Blunt, Missouri saw a 70,000 net increase in jobs over 4 years.[21][22]

Legislative initiatives[edit]

Blunt provided annual increases for K-12 education, signed legislation authorizing $335 million for college construction, expanded college scholarships, and enacted a new school funding method.[23] Blunt proposed selling Missouri's student loan agency, known as MOHELA, and using the proceeds to pay for endowments and new construction for the state's public universities.[24] In the area of elementary and secondary education, Blunt has proposed that school districts be required to spend at least 65% of their budgets on student instruction. After the proposal was criticized, Blunt suggested that the 65% threshold should be a goal, rather than a mandate.[25]

Blunt signed bills to expand Missouri's right-to-carry firearms law, and protected vital wildlife habitat and hunting lands from overdevelopment.[26][27] At the NRA's annual meeting, held in St. Louis in 2007, Blunt signed legislation prohibiting the seizure of firearms during declared states of emergency.[28]

Blunt opposed abortion except in cases of rape, incest, and to save the life of the mother.[29] He supported measures to prevent the ban on research regarding somatic cell nuclear transfer.[30][31] There were efforts to pass such a ban in the Missouri General Assembly during the 2005 session. Disagreements among Republicans over the stem cell issue held up efforts to pass restrictions on abortion, such as a 24-hour waiting period, and a restriction on helping minors cross state lines to avoid Missouri's parental consent requirement. In September 2005, Blunt called a special session of the General Assembly specifically to address abortion. The General Assembly passed the above-noted restrictions, and Blunt signed them into law.[32] He signed legislation providing income tax credits for contributions to qualified crisis pregnancy centers, removing taxpayer funding for abortion providers, banning Planned Parenthood from Missouri classrooms, requiring medical standards for abortion clinics, and funding for the alternatives to abortion program.[33][34][35][36][37] Blunt supported measures that would allow pharmacists to refuse to fill prescriptions for emergency contraception, in contrast to Illinois, which enacted legislation requiring pharmacies to fill such prescriptions.[38]

In 2005, Blunt signed legislation to limit sales of pseudoephedrine and ephedrine products, the key ingredients needed to make methamphetamine.[39] In the 2006 legislative session, Blunt's stated priorities included enacting a version of "Jessica's Law," requiring a minimum 25-year sentence for child sex offenders, as one of his legislative priorities.[40] In 2008, Blunt signed legislation requiring ignition interlocks for drunk drivers who commit two or more drunk driving offenses.[41][42] He signed legislation to lower the legal intoxication limit for boaters from .10 to .08 percent.[43]

Blunt changed the system that had required many victims of sexual assault or rape to pay for their own forensic examinations; he secured $2.8 million in the state budget to pay for the rape kits.[44] Blunt secured funding which led to the creation of the new Springfield Crime Lab.[45][46]

Blunt signed immigration reform, prohibiting sanctuary cities in Missouri; requiring verification of legal employment status for public employees through E-verify; allowing cancellation of state contracts for contractors that hire illegal immigrants; requiring public agencies to verify the legal status of applicants before providing welfare benefits; criminalizing the transportation of illegal immigrants for exploitative purposes; and enacting provisions to punish employers who willfully hire illegal immigrants.[47]

In 2006, Blunt signed legislation requiring gasoline sold in Missouri to contain 10% ethanol.[48] Blunt has supported the use of biomass, biofuels, wind power and solar energy as alternative energy sources.[49] Air quality continues to be a problem for the state, which has a high rate of air pollution due to burning of coal.[50]

In his 2008 State of the State address, Blunt proposed a Show-Me Green Sales Tax Holiday to create a one-week state sales tax exemption on Energy Star-certified new appliances. Missouri became the fourth state in the nation to enact such a tax break.[51] Also in 2008, Blunt and Arkansas Democratic Governor Mike Beebe signed an historic bi-state water quality agreement to protect watersheds and aquifers that cross state lines.[52]

Executive actions[edit]

Blunt issued Executive Orders[53] and programs to encourage university cooperation, tax relief, research funds and seed capital for "life science" start-up firms, and an innovative program to reward insurance companies and other large institutional investors for investing in funds that hold biotech stocks.[54]

Blunt has promoted Missouri as a potential hotspot for bioscience. He was criticized for limiting science funding for research related to stem cells; this was considered to discourage the science community at large from working in the state.[55][56] In 2005 Governor Blunt created the Missouri Life Sciences Trust Fund, to accept transfers of monies from the Tobacco Settlement fund and apply them to biotech efforts. In January 2006 Gov. Blunt created the Lewis and Clark Discovery Initiative (LCDI), designed to spread biotechnology across the State. The LCDI is funded by the Missouri higher-education learning assistance fund (MOHELA).

Controversy re: emails and use of state offices to influence political groups[edit]

In August 2007, a reporter for the Springfield (MO) News Leader filed to gain access to emails by Ed Martin, Blunt's chief of staff, under the state's Sunshine Law. He was investigating whether Martin had used his office to try to influence outside groups in relation to opposition to state Attorney General Jay Nixon among anti-abortion groups. Nixon was expected to be a major opponent of Blunt in the next gubernatorial election. Martin responded on September 4 that he had no such emails, but the reporter later said someone gave him one, showing that Martin's claim was false.[57]

At the same time, "Blunt spokesman Rich Chrismer insisted to reporters that 'there is no statute or case that requires the state to retain individual’s e-mails as a public record.' Blunt himself told reporters that his staffers would not be required to save e-mails for three years," although this was "widely understood to be state law."[57] It was later revealed that Scott Eckersley, a deputy chief counsel, provided copies of language in the state employees' handbook to general counsel Henry Herschel on September 10 about this state requirement to save such materials. He was soon locked out of his office.[57]

On September 28, 2007, the governor's office terminated Eckersley. It distributed packets of emails and documents to four major newspapers in Missouri to support its claims that the attorney had made inappropriate use of a state computer.[58][59] Eckersley said he was terminated for other reasons, related to trying to ensure employees complied with the state's email retention policy under its Sunshine Law, which political officials had denied. He filed suit against Blunt and his senior appointees.

Martin resigned in November 2007 as chief of staff, without explanation. General Counsel Henry Herschel left. On January 22, 2008, Blunt surprised voters, "staffers and supporters" by announcing he would not run for another term,[57] although he reportedly already had millions of dollars in a war chest for his campaign.[60]

After a year-long legal effort, in November 2008, the Kansas City Star and St. Louis Post Dispatch reported having gained access to 60,000 pages of Blunt administration emails. Their analysis showed that Ed Martin, former chief of staff to Blunt, had used his state office to try to influence outside political groups, among other internal problems. In addition to trying to encourage opposition to AG Jay Nixon, he worked with political groups to oppose the appointment of Patricia Breckenridge to an open seat on the Missouri Supreme Court.[57]

On May 22, 2009, the Missouri Attorney General's office announced that Eckersley's lawsuit against Blunt and others had been settled for $500,000.[61][62][63] The former staff attorney later switched parties and unsuccessfully ran for election for Congress.[64][65][66]

Other activities[edit]

As Governor, Blunt was a member of the National Governors Association, Southern Governors' Association, and the Republican Governors Association.

As Commander-in-Chief of the Missouri National Guard, Governor Blunt visited Missouri National guard troops serving in Afghanistan, Iraq, Kosovo, Kuwait, and on the Mexican border.[67][68][69]

Because he had been called for active duty while serving as Secretary of State, Blunt's office responded to questions about what would happen if the governor were called to service. In accordance with Pentagon regulations and the Missouri Constitution, if Blunt was called for military duty while Governor, he would have been required to either transfer his gubernatorial powers to Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder, or resign from the Naval Reserve.[70]

Favorability[edit]

His approval ratings gradually rose during his term in office. A February–March 2008, poll by the Republican polling firm American Viewpoint showed Blunt with an approval rating of 57%.[71] On January 22, 2008, Blunt surprised the GOP when he announced he would not run for re-election.[72] Polls showed that he was running behind the presumptive Democratic nominee, Attorney General Jay Nixon.[73]

Career after governorship[edit]

Prior to his appointment as president of the American Automotive Policy Council in 2011, Blunt served as a member of the board of Copart, an auto salvage company in Fairfield, California; an advisor for Solamere Capital, a suburban Boston private equity firm started by Tagg Romney; a consultant for Cassidy & Associates, a Washington, D.C. lobbying firm,[74] and a partner with The Ashcroft Group, the Washington, D.C. and St. Louis-based consulting firm founded by former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft. Blunt has continued to advocate for greater transparency in government spending,[75] state and national lawsuit reform[76] and improving public education.[77]

Blunt has been critical of cuts to education funding, arguing that they will erode Missouri’s future. He wrote, “States will either be welfare states that protect welfare programs, or they will be education states that prepare for the future.”[78] He has also questioned the proposal to cut state scholarship funding for private colleges, writing in an op-ed, “I have been surprised to see those private schools and their students become a scapegoat as the state cuts education funding and scholarships.”[79]

President of the American Automotive Policy Council[edit]

In February 2011, Matt Blunt was selected as president of the American Automotive Policy Council (AAPC).[80] The AAPC is a policy association created by General Motors, Ford and Chrysler. The council, is a bipartisan 501(c)6 based in Washington, D.C. and its mission is to promote the unique and significant economic contribution of the U.S.-based auto companies to the American economy. Blunt’s leadership at one of the United States' top automobile and component-producing states is a major reason he was chosen to lead the policy initiatives of General Motors, Ford, Chrysler.

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Missouri House of Representatives
Preceded by
Phillip Wannenmacher
State Representative for the 139th District of Missouri
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Bekki Cook
Missouri Secretary of State
January 8, 2001 – January 10, 2005
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Robin Carnahan
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Governor of Missouri
January 10, 2005 – January 12, 2009
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Jay Nixon
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