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What are some facts about past governors of Missouri?

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Past governors of the state of Missouri include Matt Blunt, Robert "Bob" L. Holden, Mel Carnahan, John Ashcroft and Christopher S. "Kit" Bond. Blunt, Ashcroft and Bond belonged to the Republican party, whereas Robert Holden and Mel Carnahan ran and governed as Democrats. Carnahan died in a 2000 plane crash.

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Matt Blunt was governor of the state from 2005 to 2009, having succeeded Robert Holden. Blunt was born in Greene County near Springfield, Missouri, and was a sixth-generation Missourian. He was secretary of state from 2001 to 2005, and before that was a member of the Missouri House of Representatives, representing the 139th Legislative District. After he left office, he was elected to the National Rifle Association's board of directors.

Former Missouri governor Robert Holden was born on Aug. 24, 1949, and attended Southwest Missouri State University, the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government and Flemming Fellow Leadership Institute. His political career before becoming governor in 2000 included serving as assistant to the state treasurer, state representative and state treasurer.

Robert Holden's predecessor was Mel Carnahan, who was a member of one of Missouri's most prominent Democratic families. Toward the end of his term in office, Carnahan began a campaign for election to the U.S. Senate but died when his plane crashed in Jefferson County.

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