Missouri legislators gathered in Jefferson City for the start of another political session and as it has since 1953, the session got started with the Governor’s Prayer Breakfast on Wednesday. Over the last several years, the guest speakers have ranged from U.S. Representative Ike Skelton, Senator Jean Carnahan, and former Governor, U.S. Senator and U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft.
However, the last two years, prominent sports figures have taken center stage as the guest speaker. Last year Cardinals’ starting pitcher Adam Wainwright attended the Governor’s Prayer Breakfast and this year the guest of honor was recently retired football coach of Northwest Missouri State, Mel Tjeerdsma.