Margaret B. Kelly

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Margaret Kelly
Auditor of Missouri
In office
July 16, 1984 – January 3, 1999
Governor Kit Bond
John Ashcroft
Mel Carnahan
Preceded by James Antonio
Succeeded by Claire McCaskill
Personal details
Born (1935-09-17) September 17, 1935 (age 81)
Crystal City, Missouri, U.S.
Political party Republican
Alma mater University of Missouri, Columbia
Missouri State University, Springfield

Margaret Blake Kelly (born September 17, 1935) is an American accountant and politician from Missouri. She served as the State Auditor of Missouri from 1984 to 1999. She was the first woman to hold statewide office in Missouri, and the fourth Certified Public Accountant to hold the auditor's position. She is a Republican.

Kelly was born in Crystal City, Missouri. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Missouri in 1957. She also received a MBA from Missouri State University (then Southwest Missouri State University) in 1975 and earned her CPA certification in 1982. Before entering public life, Kelly worked for 20 years for various private sector accounting firms.

Kelly's first elected position was as Cole County Auditor. She was elected to that position in 1982. In July 1984, Governor Kit Bond appointed Kelly as State Auditor, filling a vacancy created by the resignation of James F. Antonio. Upon her appointment, Kelly became the first woman to hold statewide elected office in Missouri.In November of that year, Harriett Woods was elected Lieutenant Governor of Missouri, giving Woods the distinction of being the first woman elected to statewide office.

Kelly was elected to a full term as state auditor in 1986 and was re-elected in 1990 and 1994. Although she was consistently re-elected as state auditor, Kelly was unsuccessful in her efforts to win other statewide office. In 1992 she was the Republican nominee for Lieutenant Governor of Missouri, but was defeated by Democrat Roger B. Wilson. In 1996, she ran against Governor Mel Carnahan, but Carnahan was re-elected by a large margin.[1] Kelly did not seek re-election in 1998 and retired from public life.


Political offices
Preceded by
James Antonio
Auditor of Missouri
Succeeded by
Claire McCaskill
Party political offices
Preceded by
William Webster
Republican nominee for Governor of Missouri
Succeeded by
Jim Talent