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History & Our Past Speakers


Back in the 70’s we had Harry’s Day…

Then in 1987, the story is that two loyal Democrats (Bill Baker and Lu Vaughn) were traveling on the way back from Jackson Days in Springfield, and while driving back the idea of a Jackson County celebration was born. Well, at least that’s the way we've heard it.  Truman Days turns 32 years old this year in large part due to the efforts of these two gentleman and countless other loyal and hard working Democrats wanting to celebrate Missouri’s only President, Harry Truman.  In recent years, the Truman Gala has become the most well attended annual ticketed event for Democrats in the state of Missouri and goes a long way toward raising the funds necessary to election Democrats up and down the ballot from state-wide offices to county and state legislative races in the KC area.  While the event has been held in a number of locations in Jackson County over the decades, we have enjoyed partnering with Arrowhead Stadium for the past four years.

Our Keynote Speakers

2018 - Senator Catherine Cortez Masto
2017 - Senator Debbie Stabenow
2016 - Senator Claire McCaskill
2015 - Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur
2014 - Congresswoman Linda Sanchez
2013 - Congressman Raul M. Grijalva
2012 - Governor Tim Kaine
2011 - Congessman Dennis Kucinich
2010 - Congesswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz
2009 - Governor Jennifer Granholm
2008 - Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr
2007 - Congressman John Murtha
2006 - Senator Claire McCaskill
2005 - James Carville
2004 - Vice President Joe Biden
2003 - Senator Robert Menedez
2002 - St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay
2001 - Congressman Emanuel Cleaver
2000 - Missouri Lt. Governor Roger Wilson
1999 - Missouri Speaker of the House Steve Gaw
1998 - Janet Murguia, Washington D.C.
1997 - Jim Hightower, Political Humorist
1996 - Reta Lewis, Washington D.C.
1995 - Missouri Governor Mel Carnahan
1994 - Missouri Lt. Governor Roger Wilson
1993 - Congresswoman Pat Danner
1992 - Congressman Jim Slattery
1991 - Senator John Kerry
1990 - Congressman Butler Derrick
1989 - Congressman David Bonior
1988 - Congressman Martin Frost
1987 - Missouri Lt. Governor Harriet Woods