Former Missouri Governor Matt Blunt has more than 20 years expertise in state government management and policy.
Mr. Blunt was elected Missouri governor in 2004, carrying 101 of the state’s 114 counties. He was a highly effective chief executive, turning the $1.1 billion deficit he inherited into three consecutive surpluses without raising taxes. His achievements successfully managing difficult, complicated budgets are well noted. In 2006, Mr. Blunt was the only U.S. governor to receive an A grade from the CATO institute for fiscal management.
Mr. Blunt’s leadership revived Missouri’s economy, which had lost 34,000 jobs in the four years before his election. The state legislature passed Mr. Blunt’s landmark lawsuit and workers’ compensation reforms in the first months of his administration. Mr. Blunt also signed three major tax cuts and pioneered the Quality Jobs Act, Missouri’s most important economic development tool ever passed. By the time Mr. Blunt left office, Missourians created 70,000 new jobs.
Prior to serving as the state’s chief executive, Mr. Blunt served as Missouri’s 37th Secretary of State (2001-2005), represented the 139th Legislative District of northern Greene County in the House of Representatives (1999-2001), and worked in private industry.
Mr. Blunt graduated from the U.S. Navy Academy in 1993 and began a 14-year naval career, which included more than five years on active duty. He served in Operation Support Democracy, involving the United Nations blockade of Haiti; participated in the interdiction of illegal Cuban immigrants; assisted drug interdiction missions in South America; and received many military commendations, including four Navy and Marine Corps Achievement medals and the Humanitarian Service Medal.
In October 2001, Mr. Blunt became the first statewide elected official in Missouri’s history to be called into active military duty. He served six months in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, the nation’s military response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Commander in the Naval Reserve after to his return to the U.S.
Mr. Blunt and his wife Melanie were married in 1997 and have a son, William Branch. He enjoys reading, running, and spending time with his family and their two horses. The Blunts live in Springfield where they attend a Baptist Church. Blunt is also a senior advisor for Solamere Capital and a member of the Board of Directors for Copart.