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Daniel P. Mehan


As the president/CEO of the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mehan oversees the operation of the state’s largest business association with more than 3,000 employers that provide jobs for more than 425,000 Missouri employees. Under Mehan’s leadership, the Missouri Chamber governmental affairs team has achieved strong results for Missouri employers, including civil justice reform and broad workers’ compensation reform. The Missouri Chamber has also been instrumental in holding the line on employers’ taxes and has helped secure numerous economic development initiatives.

In addition to legislative efforts, Mehan has built the Missouri Chamber PAC, the political action affiliate of the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry, into one of the strongest forces in Missouri's political arena.  The Missouri Chamber PAC has played a key role in helping elect a pro-business administration and legislature.  The Missouri Chamber PAC has also helped lead several successful political issue campaigns, including the campaign to pass critical transportation funding initiative in 2002, and a campaign to defeat an initiative to tax employers to fund political campaigns in 1998.

Mehan also oversees the Missouri Chamber Education Foundation.  The educational arm of the chamber is a business/education partnership that provides statewide programs for middle school, high school and college students, teachers and other adult leaders.  The programs are designed to teach character, economics, finance and leadership, foster business/education partnerships in communities, as well as bring local business leaders in face-to-face dialogue with students.

The Missouri Chamber also provides several innovative products and services to help Missouri businesses better compete.  Health insurance, pharmacy discounts, 401k plan management, voluntary employee benefits, and human resource publications and website are part of this package of employer resources.

In addition to his work with the Missouri Chamber, Mehan also serves on numerous boards and commissions. Mehan is the Chairman of the Midwest China Hub Commission. Mehan also is a member of the Missouri Hawthorn Foundation board of directors.  He serves on the Missouri Technology Corporation board of directors. He also serves on the Missouri Mathematics and Science Coalition. In addition, Mehan is president of the Missouri Society of Association Executives.

Before joining the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry in 1995, Mehan was employed by Washington University, St. Louis, as a director of development for Arts and Sciences. Mehan has been involved in several statewide campaigns and regional fund raising. He also was a staff assistant to U.S. Sen. Christopher “Kit” Bond.

A native of St. Louis, Mehan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from the University of Pennsylvania-Philadelphia. He lives in Jefferson City with his wife Ellen and two daughters Cecilia and Katy.