Blunt will not seek re-election as governor

Gov. Matt Blunt announced Tuesday, Jan. 22, that he will not seek a second term. In an address available online on YouTube, Blunt said that “with the knowledge that we have achieved virtually everything I set out to accomplish, and more, I will not seek a second term in the upcoming election. Because I feel we have changed what I wanted to change in the first term there is not the same sense of mission for a second.”

The governor also held a press conference in Jefferson City on Wednesday, Jan. 23, to further discuss his decision. Blunt told reporters in the state Capitol that “I really do love serving as governor,” adding that “it’s certainly my intention to complete this term.” In response to a question about his priorities for the remainder of his term, Blunt said: “We’re going to continue to increase education funding at every level.” He told reporters that his “definitive decision” against seeking re-election was made after he delivered his State of the State address on Tuesday, Jan. 15.

During his State of the State address, the governor called for continuing Missouri’s investment in public higher education. This includes a general revenue funding increase for public higher education institutions. The governor also called for funding the Preparing to Care initiative, advanced by the University of Missouri and all other public two- and four-year institutions, to prepare the next generation of Missouri health care professionals.

“We appreciate Governor Blunt’s support of the University of Missouri and our legislative priorities this session, including the Preparing to Care initiative, and we look forward to seeing this agenda through,” said Dr. Gordon H. Lamb, Interim President of the University of Missouri. “We wish the governor and his family the best as they explore a new chapter in their lives.”