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Former CIA Director John Brennan - 2017The George W. Lehr Memorial Speakers Chair was established in 1988 as part of the 50th Anniversary celebration of the Missouri Boys State program. The Lehr Chair was created to honor the late Missouri State Auditor George W. Lehr, who was a Boys State participant in his youth and a tireless supporter of Missouri Boys State during his public life.

The Lehr Chair was designed to assist the Boys State program in bringing the finest names in public service to the yearly Boys State session to interact with its participants.

2024 Michael Steele
Former RNC Chairman, Lt. Gov of Maryland, MSNBC Political Analyst

2023 Bob Costas
Emmy-winning Sportscaster and CNN Contributor

2022 Claire McCaskill
Former US Senator

2021 Julian Castro
Former Presidential Candidate and US Secretary of HUD

2020 No MBS Session

2019 Margaret Brennan
Journalist; Moderator of CBS News’ Face the Nation

2018 Juan Williams
Fox News political analyst

2017 John Brennan
Former CIA Director

2016 Gov. Jay Nixon
Missouri State Governor (2009-2017)

2015 Karl Rove
Former Senior Advisor to President George W. Bush.

2014 David Axelrod
Former Senior advisor to President Barack Obama

2013 Bob Woodward
One of America’s preeminent investigative reporters and non-fiction authors.

2012 James Carville
Media personality and political icon.

2011 John Danforth
Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and former Missouri Senator

2010 John Bolton
Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations

2009 Richard Armitage
Former U.S. Deputy Secretary of State

2008 Mike Huckabee
Former Arkansas Governor and Presidental candidate

2007 Gen. Wesley T. Clark
Retired U.S. Army Four-Star General and former Presidential Candidate

2006 John Ashcroft
Former U.S. Attorney General and Missouri State Governor

2005 Paul Begala
CNN Political Commentator and Author

2004 J.C. Watts
Former U.S. Representative and College Football Star

2003 Mike Peters
Syndicated Political Cartoonist and Creator of Mother Goose and Grimm comic strip.

2002 Bill Bradley
Former Presidential Candidate and Former U.S. Senator

2001 William S. Cohen
Former Secretary of Defense

2000 Lisa Myers
National Correspondent for NBC News - Washington

1999 Rev. Emmanuel Cleaver
Minister and Former Mayor of Kansas City

1998 David R. Gergen
Former U.S. Presidential Advisor

1997 William J. Perry
Former U.S. Secretary of Defense

1996 Lamar Alexander
Former Presidential Candidate and Former U.S. Secretary of Education

1995 Dr. Robert M. Gates
Former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency

1994 Paul E. Tsongas
Former Presidential Candidate and Senator from Massachusetts

1993 Edward D. “Chip” Robertson
Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice

1992 Senator Christopher “Kit” Bond
Former MO Attorney General, Governor and current senior U.S. Senator

1991 Thomas DeFrank
Author and White House Correspondent for Newsweek Magazine

1990 Robert F. Hyland
Corporate Vice-President CBS Radio, St. Louis

1989 William Proxmire
Former U. S. Senator from Wisconsin


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