|First Lady of Missouri|
January 10, 2005 – January 12, 2009
|Preceded by||Lori Holden|
|Succeeded by||Georgeanne Nixon|
Middleburg, Virginia, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Matt Blunt (1997–present)|
During that period, she was the youngest spouse of a U.S. state governor in the United States. She was succeeded as First Lady by Georganne W. Nixon, the wife of Governor Jay Nixon, on January 12, 2009.
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.
Historic preservation efforts
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.
- Missouri First Lady Melanie Blunt, Office of the Governor.[dead link]
- Governor Spouse's Information: Melanie Blunt, National Governor’s Association.
- 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]
- Blunt calls for $3.1 million to fix governor's mansion, AP, March 18, 2008.
- Governor's mansion restoration, KTVO-3 News, August 15, 2008.
- Melanie Blunt named honorary chair of Missouri Citizens for the Arts, St. Louis Business Journal, July 9, 2007.
- Priddy, Bob. "Team Blunt Heads to St. Louis for Race for the Cure, Missourinet, June 15, 2007.
|First Lady of Missouri
2005 – 2009