Lt. Gov. Kinder named distinguished Eagle Scout

Wednesday, August 26, 2009 | 9:40 a.m. CDT; updated 11:29 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, August 26, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY — Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder has been named a distinguished Eagle Scout.

That means both of Missouri's top executive branch officials have received the special designation by the Great Rivers Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Gov. Jay Nixon's office announced earlier this month that the governor received the award.

The council says Missouri is the only state to have its governor and lieutenant governor picked for the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award. Fewer than 2,000 of the 2 million Eagle Scouts over the last century have received the award.

Kinder attained the rank of Eagle Scout in 1969 as part of a Boy Scout troop in Cape Girardeau. Kinder said he is humbled by the recognition.

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