Springfield City Council will consider renaming the Midfield Terminal at Springfield-Branson National Airport to Roy Blunt terminal at its meeting on Monday evening.
The airport itself will continue to be called Springfield-Branson National Airport with the call letters SGF.
Roy Blunt represented Missouri in the US Senate for two six-year terms. He declined to seek re-election this year and will be replaced in the Senate by Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt. Prior to serving in the Senate, Blunt was elected to the US House of Representatives seven times in southwest Missouri. Before serving in Congress, he was a history teacher, Greene County official, and Secretary of State for Missouri. Blunt also served four years as president of Southwest Baptist University, his alma mater, in Bolivar, Missouri.
“Senator Blunt has a long legacy of outstanding public service that has greatly benefited the community,” Springfield Mayor Ken McClure said in a statement. “During his long political career, he has been a strong advocate of investing in and improving our country’s transportation infrastructure; especially in motorways, public transport, freight rails and airports. He has always fought for this region and his ability to secure funding for everything from roads to psychiatric care to innovation and entrepreneurship to name a few will be part of his legacy.”
SGF Airport has received several federal grants to build, maintain, or improve critical airfield infrastructure, including runways, taxiways, and apron areas, as a result of Blunt’s lobbying in Congress.
“Senator Blunt was instrumental in securing federal funding and overcoming obstacles during the development of SGF’s Midfield Terminal, which opened May 6, 2009 to meet our region’s aviation needs for decades to come,” said Brian Weiler, Director of Aviation at the airport, in a statement.
Blunt has supported several airport economic development projects such as: B. Advocating American Airlines for the establishment of a state-of-the-art airline maintenance facility, which opened in December 2021. He also helped secure funding to build a new aircraft mechanics training facility for the Ozarks Technical Community College, which is expected to open in late 2024.
“Senator Blunt is an inspiration,” added McClure.
“Roy Blunt was born in the small town of Niangua and grew up on a dairy farm. He is a fifth-generation Missourian who was the first in his family to graduate from college. Roy Blunt worked tirelessly to represent and advance issues for Southwest Missouri, including at Springfield-Branson National Airport. This is a fitting honor for this kind and generous statesman.”