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Senator Roy Blunt named 2021 Harry S Truman Public Service Award Recipient

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Independence, Missouri
Independence, Missouri
 2021-05-12

Senator Roy Blunt named 2021 Harry S Truman Public Service Award Recipient

The Independence Harry S. Truman Award Commission has chosen Sen. Roy Blunt as the 2021 Harry S. Truman Public Service Award recipient. This year’s award will be presented in person. Ceremony details have not yet been finalized and will be shared when available. The award, established in 1974 by the City of Independence, is presented annually to an outstanding American citizen who best typifies and possesses the qualities of dedication, industry, ability, honesty and integrity that distinguished President Harry S. Truman.

“Sen. Roy Blunt has been a staunch advocate for Independence and particularly the legacy of President Truman,” Mayor Eileen Weir said. “Independence has benefited greatly from the leadership Sen. Blunt has demonstrated in supporting countless legislative actions, including support of the Truman Presidential Library through the National Archives and Records Administration and the Truman Visitors Center operated by the National Park Service. It is a privilege to recognize Sen. Blunt’s decades of dedicated public service to the people of Missouri.”

Sen. Blunt is the 47th recipient of this National Honor and will join the elite list of honorees which includes: former presidents Jimmy Carter, Gerald Ford and Bill Clinton; World War II veteran and U.S. Senator Robert J. Dole; veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars; former U. S. Senators Jack Danforth and John McCain; as well as patriotic women Coretta Scott King, Margaret Truman Daniel, Mother Clara Hale and Mary Jean Eisenhower, University of California President and former Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano; and most recently former Sen. Claire McCaskill.

Sen. Blunt was first elected to the United States Senate in 2010. He serves as the Chairman of the Senate Republican Policy Committee and as the Ranking Member of the Senate Rules Committee. He also serves on the Senate Appropriations Committee; the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee; and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. He is the Ranking Member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education.

He previously served seven terms in the U.S. House of Representatives and as Missouri Secretary of State. He also served four years as the president of Southwest Baptist University, his alma mater. The Senator is married to Abigail Blunt and has four children: Matt Blunt, Amy Blunt, Andy Blunt, and Charlie (age 16). Blunt has six grandchildren: Davis Mosby, Ben Blunt, Branch Blunt, Eva Mosby, Allyson Blunt, and Brooks Blunt.

This year’s Special Recognition Award will be given to the Medical Reserve Corps of Greater Kansas City, which has provided thousands of hours of volunteer service throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic including COVID testing and vaccination efforts.

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