Blair Appointed to Missouri Conservation Commission
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - The grandson of former Missouri Gov. James Blair Jr. has been appointed to the state Conservation Commission.
Gov. Jay Nixon on Wednesday named suburban St. Louis resident James T. Blair IV to the commission, which manages hunting, fishing, forests and nature centers. If confirmed by the Senate, he would serve through June 2017.
Blair replaces William McGeehan, whose term ended July 1.
The four-member commission can have no more than two members from any political party. Blair was appointed as a Republican, which is how the governor's office says he identified himself.
Blair's grandfather was a Democratic governor from 1957-1961. Records show Blair contributed $5,000 last December to Nixon, a Democrat. But Blair also has contributed to Republicans.
Blair is a principal and board member of the Moneta Group financial management firm.
File photo courtesy of St. Louis Business Journal.