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The Legacy Of Former Missouri Gov. Mel Carnahan, 20 Years After His Death

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Missouri Secretary of State
Official Manual of the State of Missouri 1981 - 1982
Mel Carnahan as Missouri Treasurer in 1981.

In October 2000, a plane carrying Missouri Gov. Mel Carnahan, his son Randy and aide Chris Sifford crashed in eastern Missouri, killing all three.

Three weeks later, Gov. Carnahan was elected posthumously to the U.S. Senate. His widow, Jean Carnahan, served in his place.

  • Roy Temple, former chief of staff to Gov. Mel Carnahan
  • Scott Charton, former Missouri Statehouse correspondent for the Associated Press
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