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Gov. Jay Nixon names Raytown building after "Walkin" Joe Teasdale

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon on Wednesday issued an executive order naming the former GE building in Raytown after former Gov. Joseph Teasdale.

The building, at 8800 E. 63rd St., will house several state agencies.

Teasdale, a lawyer, was from Kansas City. He died in 2014.

“Governor Teasdale dedicated much of his life to public service, from serving in the Air Force Reserve and as an assistant U.S. attorney to being elected as Jackson County prosecuting attorney and then as governor of Missouri,” Nixon said in a statement. “It is appropriate to remember the dedication and service of this native Kansas Citian to Missouri by naming a state building in Jackson County in his honor.”

Teasdale, a Democrat, won the governorship in 1976 in an upset over Republican incumbent Kit Bond. He got the nickname “Walkin’ Joe” for his legendary hikes across the state to meet voters.

At age 30, he was elected Jackson County prosecutor.

At 64,000 square feet, the Joseph Patrick Teasdale State Office Building will contain offices from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the Department of Health and Senior Services, the Department of Mental Health, the Department of Public Safety and the Department of Social Services. State agencies will begin moving into the Teasdale State Office Building in 2016.

Nixon said the state would save about $629,000 a year by consolidating office space.