Republican Sen. Roy Blunt is being challenged for re-election by Democrat Secretary of State Jason Kander. Sen. Blunt is a seasoned member of Congress who knows Missouri like his backyard. Kander served in the Missouri General Assembly before being elected to his first term as secretary of state.

Before being elected to his first term in the U.S. Senate, Sen. Blunt served in the U.S. House, representing his home district in the Springfield area, and has experience as a history teacher, county official, and in 1984 he became the first Republican to be elected as Missouri’s secretary of state in more than 50 years. He also was president of Southwest Baptist University, his alma mater. He has a master’s degree in history from Missouri State University.

His experience in government is impressive. Sen. Blunt had leadership roles in the House and is a leader in the Senate, serving on important committees, such as Appropriations, Commerce, Science and Transportation, Rules and Administration, and is chair of the Select Committee on Intelligence. He is a quiet leader in Congress, that is, he’s not the type who makes a big splash to gain publicity. He is a key player in the Senate.

The one trait we admire in him is that his method of serving in Congress is bipartisan, especially when it comes to issues affecting Missouri. He and Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Democrat, work together on matters concerning Missouri. Bipartisanship is sadly missing in Congress today, but not because of Sen. Blunt.

We respect his government service and we feel comfortable with him representing us. He understands local government, and above all, he knows Missouri, its issues and its people. He is steady on the right course, not flashy, but gets things done. He is respected by his colleagues.

Sen. Blunt is a force in the Senate and Missourians need to give him another six years in Congress. He is in a position to do much more for the state than a newcomer. It would take many years for a newcomer to attain the clout Sen. Blunt has. His cloak of experience is something Missouri needs to retain.

We urge all Missourians to vote to keep Sen. Blunt in the U.S. Senate.