"Serving Missouri has been my life's work. I have walked the land, fished its rivers and been humbled by the honesty and hard work of our people. The highest honor is to receive and safeguard the public trust" - Kit Bond.
Christopher S. "Kit" Bond is a sixth generation Missourian, born in St. Louis in 1939. He grew up in Mexico, MO, where he still resides and tends to several groves of trees he planted by hand.
Bond graduated from Princeton University in 1960 and received his law degree from the University of Virginia, having graduated first in his class.
After serving as a clerk to the Chief Judge of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta, Bond practiced law in Washington, D.C. before returning home to Missouri.
In 1969, Bond became an Assistant Attorney General under former Senator John Danforth. Before being elected State Auditor in 1970, Bond was chief counsel of Missouri's Consumer Protection Division.
At age 33, Kit Bond became the 47th Governor of the State of Missouri on January 8, 1973 - the youngest Governor the state has ever had.
Bond was re-elected to a second term as Governor in 1980. Among his greatest accomplishments as Governor was to take the Parents as Teachers program statewide.
After his second successful term as Governor, Bond continued his service to Missouri from his newly won seat in the United States Senate. In that 1986 election year, Bond was the only Republican to capture a seat previously held by a Democrat.
Based upon his solid ability to protect and advance Missouri's interests in the United States Senate, Bond was returned by Missouri voters to the U.S. Senate in 1992,1998, and again in 2004.
While serving in the U.S. Senate, Bond has built a reputation as a strong supporter of responsible budgeting and accountability in education and government programs.
Bond has fought for economic security by protecting jobs from being driven abroad by overreaching regulations, ensuring that the weapons systems defending our soldiers continue to be built by Missouri's fine engineering and production work force, and working to make Missouri the premier plant biotechnology and life sciences corridor in the country.
Bond has fought for the health and safety of his constituents by winning funds to expand Community Health Centers, protecting access to cancer care, improving nursing home care and providing Missouri sheriffs the resources they need to fight methamphetamine.
Bond has also fought for Missouri's fair share of money to improve roads and highways. As the chairman of the subcommittee responsible for writing federal highway legislation, Bond used his clout to bring $1.3 billion in new federal highway funds to Missouri in the most recent transportation bill.
A strong supporter of law enforcement and a strong U.S. military, Bond also serves on the Senate Select Intelligence Committee. And he is the chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee that funds the nation's housing and transportation needs.
Bond is married to Linda Bond. His son, Sam Bond, is a 1st Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps.