Missouri’s First Lady to lead trade mission to Cuba after Schweich’s death

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JEFFERSON CITY, MO (KTVI) – The Governor will no longer be traveling to Cuba to take part in a planned trade mission after the death of Missouri State Auditor Tom Schweich.  First Lady Georganne Nixon will represent the State of Missouri with delegation, according to a release fom the governor’s office.  They will be traveling to Havana from March 1-4.

The group of 95 current and former government officials, industry representatives, and agriculture leaders will meet with high level Cuban officials. The Governor says in a statement that Georganne has represented the sate of Missouri in past trade missions.

The First Lady says in a release from the Governor’s office, “On previous trade missions to Brazil, China, Taiwan, Korea, Canada and Europe, I have seen first-hand how these missions can have a real and positive impact on our economy here at home, and I look forward to helping build on this progress in Cuba.”

Travel costs for Georganne Nixon will be covered by a nonprofit organization called the Hawthorn Foundation.  The Governor’s office says no state taxpayer funds will be used.