Gov. Jay Nixon today issued the following statement regarding the passing of former state Sen. Emory Melton.
“Emory Melton was a profoundly dedicated public servant, accomplished statesman, and an inspiration to all who were fortunate enough to know him. As an author, lawyer, publisher and senator, Melton was driven throughout his life by his abiding faith, integrity, and love for this great state. I was honored to serve alongside Melton in the Missouri Senate and will never forget the lessons I learned from his example – not the least of which was to read every bill before voting on it.
“Melton was committed to leaving Missouri better than he found it, and in so many ways that is exactly what he did. Among Melton’s proudest achievements was leading the effort to build an inn and conference center at his beloved Roaring River State Park, which Missouri families and visitors will enjoy for generations to come.
“Emory and his wife of 61 years, Jean, will always be remembered for exemplifying the very best of Missouri. The First Lady and I send our heartfelt condolences to his family and loved ones, and join all Missourians in celebrating his life and accomplishments.”