Kelley elected new Missouri State Legislative Board Chairman

Brian P. Kelley of BLET Division 502 (Kansas City, Mo.) was elected Chairman of the Missouri State Legislative Board at the Board's triennial meeting in Jefferson City, Mo., on May 8.

Kelley was elected to fill the office vacated by Chairman Mickey Gage, who will retire on May 31.

Also elected were 1st Vice Chairman Ted W. Stauffer of Division 75 (Kansas City, Mo.); 2nd Vice Chairman Steve C. Gillett of Division 107 (St. Joseph, Mo.); and Alternate S-T Dan M. Schroeder, Division 48 (St. Louis, Mo.). Tim L. Morgan of Division 86 (Moberly, Mo.) was re-elected to the office of Secretary-Treasurer.

"BLET members in Missouri can rest assured that their legislative affairs will be in good hands with Chairman Kelley and the rest of the Board," said BLET National President Don Hahs. "I also wish to congratulate Mickey Gage on his upcoming retirement and to thank him for his many years of dedicated service to the Brotherhood."

A retirement celebration was held for Gage, who served as Chairman of the Missouri State Legislative Board since 1998. Brother Gage was also Secretary-Treasurer of the Board from 1990-1998. Delegates attending the meeting presented Gage with a plaque commemorating his years of service to BLET members in Missouri.

President Hahs addressed the delegates, giving them a state of the union speech and an update on national contract negotiations. National Secretary-Treasurer Bill Walpert gave delegates a presentation on the BLET's financial situation, and National Legislative Representative Raymond Holmes gave delegates an update on current national legislative matters. Special Representative Jim Bradford also attended the meeting.

Kelley and the other officers of the Missouri State Legislative Board will begin their terms of office on June 1.



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