Roy Dean Blunt is an American politician who has currently served as the junior United States Senator from Missouri since 2011. He was born on January 10, 1950, and is a member of the Republican Party.
Blunt served as the United States representative from Missouri’s 7th congressional district from 1997 to 2011. He served as House Majority Whip from 2003 to 2007 and was acting House majority leader from 2005 to 2006. He was the House minority whip during the 110th Congress starting in 2007, but after the 2008 general elections, he announced that he would step down from the position.
Blunt won his bid for the United States Senate in 2010. The following year, he was elected vice-chairman of the Senate Republican Conference. In addition, blunt is the current dean of Missouri’s Congressional delegation.
Early Years of Roy Blunt
Blunt was born in Niangua, Missouri, the son of Neva Dora and Leroy Blunt, a politician. In 1970, he graduated from Southwest Baptist University with a B.A. degree in history. He later earned a master’s degree in history from Missouri State University, formerly known as Southwest Missouri State University. Blunt was a high school history teacher at Marshfield High School from 1970 to 1972 and later taught at Southwest Baptist University, where he later served as president.
Personal Life of Roy Blunt
Blunt married Roseann Ray in May 1967 and had three children with her: Matt, the former governor of Missouri, Amy Blunt Mosby, and Andrew Blunt. All three children are professional lobbyists. After 35 years of marriage, Roy and Roseann Blunt divorced.
Blunt later married Abigail Perlman in 2003. In April 2006, he and Perlman adopted an 18-month-old boy from Russia. The family lives in Washington, D.C. He is a practicing Southern Baptist.
Senator Blunt serves as the Vice Chairman of the Senate Republican Conference. He also serves on the Senate Appropriations Committee; the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee; the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence; and the Senate Rules Committee. In addition, blunt serves as the Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies; and the Commerce Subcommittee on Aviation Operation, Safety, and Security.
The citizens of Southwest Missouri elected Senator Blunt to the U.S. House of Representatives seven times. He holds the distinction of being elected the Majority Whip earlier in his career than any Member of Congress in eight decades. He was also elected to the Senate leadership during his first year. Before serving in Congress, he was a history teacher, a county official, and in 1984 became the first Republican elected as Missouri’s Secretary of State in more than 50 years.
According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Blunt “has one of the Senate’s most conservative voting records, yet he generally avoids the confrontational, firebrand style” and during his tenure in the U.S. Senate, “Blunt’s most significant legislative accomplishments all had Democrat co-sponsors.”
Senator Blunt is a member of the Smithsonian Council for American Art and is a Trustee of the State Historical Society of Missouri. Senator Blunt is also a member of the Kennedy Center Board of Trustees.