Boston – Governor Mitt Romney’s Commonwealth PAC today announced that Governor Matt Blunt (R-Mo.) is the chairman of the PAC’s Governors’ Advisory Council.
“Matt Blunt’s leadership has made a real difference in Missouri,” Romney said. “His leadership has led to healthcare reform, hundreds of millions of dollars in new money for Missouri’s schools and a balanced budget without raising taxes. As the PAC focuses on helping state and local Republican organizations, I appreciate his willingness to lead our Governors’ Advisory Council.”
Blunt said, “I witnessed Mitt Romney’s optimistic leadership first hand while he served as chairman of the Republican Governors Association. He is a strong conservative with a great vision for the Republican Party and America.”
Blunt became Missouri’s54th governor in 2004. Born and raised in Missouri, he graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1993. Prior to becoming governor, Blunt already had a distinguished career in public service. He served as an active duty Naval Officer, as a member of the Missouri General Assembly and as Missouri’s 37th Secretary of State.
Blunt’s active duty military service included participation in Operation Support Democracy, involving the United Nations blockade of Haiti, missions to interdict drug traffic off the South American coast, and on duties involved in the interdiction of Cuban migrants in 1994.
A recipient of numerous military commendations, including four Navy and Marine Corps Achievement medals, Blunt served for six months in Operation Enduring Freedom following the September 11 terrorist attacks.
When Blunt became Governor, Missouri faced a massive budget deficit of almost one billion dollars. In just two short years through responsible budgeting, efficient management of state government, and pro-growth policies that have stimulated the economy and created almost 40,000 new jobs, Blunt has created a substantial budget surplus without increasing taxes on Missouri families.