Melanie Blunt

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Melanie Blunt
First Lady of Missouri
In role
January 10, 2005 (2005-01-10) – January 12, 2009 (2009-01-12)
Governor Matt Blunt
Preceded by Lori Holden
Succeeded by Georgeanne Nixon
Personal details
Born Melanie Anderson
Middleburg, Virginia, U.S.
Spouse(s) Matt Blunt (1997–present)
Children 2

Melanie Anderson Blunt is the wife of former Missouri Governor Matt Blunt, serving as First Lady of Missouri from 2005 to 2009.

During that period, she was the youngest spouse of a U.S. state governor in the United States.[1] She was succeeded as First Lady by Georganne W. Nixon, the wife of Governor Jay Nixon, on January 12, 2009.

Early life[edit]

Melanie Anderson was born in Middleburg, Virginia in Loudoun County and attended James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, where she graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Fashion Merchandising. After college, she managed retail stores for The Limited and Talbots and met Matt Blunt during his active service in the U.S. Navy. They were married in 1997 and moved to her husband's hometown of Springfield, Missouri.

Their first son, William Branch Blunt, was born in March 2005, two months after his father took office as Governor.[2] Their second son, Brooks Anderson Blunt, was born on January 1, 2010.[3]

Historic preservation efforts[edit]

Blunt led an initiative to restore the Missouri Governor's Mansion, a Renaissance Revival-style home designed by St. Louis architect George Ingham Barnett and completed in 1871.[4]

Blunt's efforts included successfully lobbying the General Assembly for $3.1 million in funding, as well as hosting a luncheon with the First Ladies, the first-ever event to bring together Missouri's First Ladies for a common cause.[5]

Charitable works[edit]

Blunt served as honorary chair of Missouri Citizens for the Arts from 2007 to 2008.[6] She has also taken active leadership roles in Habitat for Humanity and Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Missouri First Lady Melanie Blunt, Office of the Governor.[dead link]
  2. ^ Governor Spouse's Information: Melanie Blunt, National Governor’s Association.
  3. ^ Associated Press (January 4, 2010). "Former Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt and his wife welcome second son". kansascity.com. Kansas City Star. Retrieved January 21, 2010. [dead link]
  4. ^ Blunt calls for $3.1 million to fix governor's mansion, AP, March 18, 2008.
  5. ^ Governor's mansion restoration, KTVO-3 News, August 15, 2008.
  6. ^ Melanie Blunt named honorary chair of Missouri Citizens for the Arts, St. Louis Business Journal, July 9, 2007.
  7. ^ Priddy, Bob. "Team Blunt Heads to St. Louis for Race for the Cure, Missourinet, June 15, 2007.
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Lori Holden
First Lady of Missouri
2005 – 2009
Succeeded by
Georgeanne Nixon