Governor Matt Blunt is President of the American Automotive Policy Council, a trade association representing the common public policy and trade interests of FCA US LLC, Ford Motor Company and General Motors Company.
In 2004, Matt Blunt was elected the 54th Governor of Missouri, carrying 101 of the state’s 114 counties. As governor, he eliminated a $1.1 billion deficit and delivered balanced budgets, a surplus, tax relief and dramatic increases in education funding. He enacted economic growth measures to improve the state’s business climate leading to the creation of over 70,000 jobs.
Prior to his election as governor, he served in the Missouri House of Representatives and as Missouri’s Secretary of State. As Secretary of State, he reformed state election laws and used technology to increase customer convenience while also reducing costs. Governor Blunt served 14 years in the Navy and Naval Reserve, which included assignments on the USS JACK WILLIAMS (FFG-24), and the USS PETERSON (DD-969). As a Reservist, he was mobilized after the September 11, 2001 attacks.
Governor Blunt is a Director for Copart (NASDAQ: CPRT) and the USAA Life Insurance Company of New York. He is a member of the board of business advisors for Gridiron Capital. Governor Blunt was also appointed by the President of the College of William and Mary to the James Monroe Commission which is assisting with the management of Ash Lawn-Highland, the home of James Monroe.
While serving in the Navy, Governor Blunt was awarded four Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals as well as numerous other military awards. In 2005, Governor Blunt was selected as one of the 10 Outstanding Young Americans by the United States Junior Chamber (Jaycees). He has also received the Biotechnology Industry Organization's Award for Leadership Excellence. Twice Governor Blunt was named as one of the Ten Who Made a Difference by Southern Business and Development. In 2008, he received the National Award for State Arts Leadership. In addition, Governor Blunt has received numerous other awards for support of the business community, the arts, children's health, Missouri agriculture, community colleges and health care innovation.
Governor Blunt earned his bachelor’s degree in History from the U.S. Naval Academy. He, his wife Melanie, and their two sons, William Branch and Brooks currently reside in Middleburg, Virginia.