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Axelrod Leads List of Speakers at 2014 Missouri Boys State

Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (June 9, 2014) – David Axelrod, senior advisor to President Barack Obama and director of the Institute of Politics at the University of Chicago, will lead the list of speakers for the 2014 American Legion Missouri Boys State, planned for June 14-21 at the University of Central Missouri.

David Axelrod
David Axelrod

Axelrod will accept the George H. Lehr Memorial Speaker's Chair as he addresses the more than 1,000 citizens the leadership and citizenship training program at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 14, in Hendricks Hall.

While at the White House, Axelrod was the Obama administration's most frequent presence on the influential Sunday morning news analysis programs, including NBC’s “Meet the Press,” ABC’s “This Week,” CBS’s “Face the Nation,” FOX “News Sunday” and CNN’s “State of the Union.”

From 1988 to 2008 Axelrod was the founder and senior partner at the consulting firm AKPD Message and Media in Chicago. He managed media strategy and communications for more than 150 local, state and national campaigns with a focus on progressive candidates and causes.

Axelrod has supported Special Olympics and Misericordia. In 1998 he and his wife, Susan, helped found Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy, which has raised more than $26 million in the search for a cure.

Axelrod plans to discuss the life and times of working as a presidential advisor and his wide variety of experiences on the campaign trail.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon deliver a keynote address at a special assembly at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 19, followed by a question and answer session. Also speaking to the 2014 Missouri Boys State citizens will be Jason Kander, Missouri Secretary of State, at 7 p.m. Monday, June 16, and Lt. Gen. Boomer Milstead at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 17. Eric Greitens, a White House fellow and U.S. Navy SEAL, will speak at 7 p.m. Friday, June. 20.

In addition to the scheduled speakers, the Missouri Court of Appeals for the Western District will convene at 2 p.m. Monday, June 16, to hear the case of State of Missouri vs. Jason Lindell Chambers.

All presentations will be in Hendricks Hall in the UCM Administration Building.

The George W. Lehr Memorial Speakers Chair was established in 1988 as part of the 50th anniversary celebration of the American Legion Missouri Boys State program. The Lehr Chair was created to honor the late Missouri State Auditor George W. Lehr, 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 participants.