U.S. Sen Roy Blunt

U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt will deliver the address at East Central College’s 44th annual spring commencement Saturday, May 17.

The ceremony will begin at 11:30 a.m. in the Multipurpose Building on the ECC campus in Union.

Blunt served in the U.S. House of Representatives for 14 years prior to his election to the Senate in 2010.

He is a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee; the Senate Armed Services Committee; and the Senate Rules Committee.

Blunt serves as the ranking Republican on the appropriations subcommittee on agriculture, rural development, food and drug administration, and related agencies.

He also is the ranking Republican on the commerce subcommittee on surface transportation and Merchant Marine infrastructure, safety and security.

Less than one year after he was sworn into the Senate, Blunt was chosen by his colleagues to serve as a member of the Senate leadership as the vice chairman of the Senate Republican conference.

Blunt also serves as a member of the Senate Republican whip team.

Before serving in the U.S. House, he was a history teacher, county official, and in 1984 became the first Republican elected as Missouri’s Secretary of State in more than 50 years.

Blunt served four years as the president of his alma mater, Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar.

He is a member of the Smithsonian Council for American Art and is a trustee of the State Historical Society of Missouri.

Blunt is married to Abigail Blunt. He has four children, including former Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt, and six grandchildren.

“We are pleased to welcome Sen. Blunt to our campus,” said College President Dr. Jon Bauer. “The senator has a long record of public service to our state, and I know he will both challenge and inspire our graduates at commencement.”

More than 500 students are candidates for graduation at ECC.

Associate degrees and career/technical certificates will be conferred.

The college will also present awards to the outstanding student and outstanding alumni for 2014.