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Bond: In 2002, Lawmakers Wanted to Know Information Obtained, Not ... - FOXNews
Kit Bond said Friday. Sen. Kit Bond greets CIA Director Leon Panetta as he arrives at his Senate Select Intelligence Committee confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, February 5, 2009. (Reuters) WASHINGTON -- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and...
Danforth touts Tom Schweich for Bond's seat - Columbia Daily Tribune
Kit Bond said Congressman Roy Blunt was the best Republican candidate to succeed him in the 2010 election. Yesterday, during a visit to the state capital, former US Sen. Jack Danforth said he was worried about whether Republicans can keep Bond's seat...
Bond hopeful about C-17's future despite Senate's funding gap - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Christopher S. “Kit” Bond said he is optimistic about the future of the C-17 line during a committee meeting this afternoon even though a Senate defense bill currently allocates no funding for the Boeing cargo planes....
Snowe, Bond, Bingaman Announce Bill to Increase Access to Quality ... - Trading Markets (press release)
Making it easier for our small businesses to provide workers and their families with health insurance is a critical step," said US Senator Kit Bond. "As the engine for job creation is essential that we help small businesses compete....
The bond issue - Columbia Daily Tribune
A predecessor $600 million bond issue launched by former Gov. Kit Bond funded similarly worthwhile projects to great advantage all around the state. These bonds are about to be paid off, leaving room in the state budget to underwrite another issue....
Senators Boxer, Kit Bond trying to save Boeing C-17 - Daily Breeze
Barbara Boxer and Kit Bond announced growing bipartisan support to save the Long Beach-built Boeing C-17. Boxer, D-Calif., and Bond, R-Mo., issued a statement saying 17 of their Senate colleagues signed onto a letter asking the Senate Appropriations...
Kit Bond urges 'smart power' foreign policy - Kansas City Star
Kit Bond urged listeners Thursday to support foreign policy initiatives inspired in part by Harry Truman's Marshall Plan. “We can learn from what Truman knew,” Bond said after receiving the annual Harry S. Truman Good Neighbor Award....
Blunt closer to Bond's earmarks position than McCaskill's - Kansas City Star
Kit Bond, considered one of the biggest earmarkers in Congress. "I think Missouri should compete for those things that others are going to compete for," Blunt told reporters. Darrell Moore, who is running for Blunt's House seat near Springfield,...
Sen. Bond takes aim at Obama's Gitmo plan - United Press International
Kit Bond (R-MO) (R) as fellow Senators watch prior to a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing on the budget estimates for the war supplemental for the FY2009 budget, on Capitol Hill in Washington on April 30, 2009. (UPI Photo/Kevin Dietsch) | Enlarge...
Bond, panel of experts discuss how to reduce asthma's impact in St ... -
Kit Bond, R-Mo., who has secured money to help groups improve the response to asthma. The St. Louis Regional Asthma Consortium said it works to better educate families, doctors, pharmacists and school nurses to recognize the signs of asthma and get...

Kit Bond

Kit Bond

Christopher Samuel "Kit" Bond (born March 6, 1939) is a former governor and current senior United States Senator from Missouri. He has been in the Senate since 1987 and is a member of the Republican Party. He announced on January 8, 2009 that he does not plan to seek re-election in 2010. Should Bond retire in January 2011, he will have served four full terms in the U.S. Senate.

A sixth-generation Missourian, Bond was born in St. Louis, Missouri to Elizabeth Green and Arthur D. Bond. His father was captain of the 1924 Missouri Tigers football team and a Rhodes Scholar. His maternal grandfather, A.P. Green, founded A.P. Green Industries, a fireclay manufacturer and a major employer for many years in Bond's native Mexico, Missouri. Kit Bond graduated from Deerfield Academy in 1956, Princeton University in 1960, and the University of Virginia School of Law in 1963. From 1963 to 1964, Bond served as a law clerk to the Honorable Elbert Tuttle, then Chief Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in Atlanta, Georgia. From 1964 to 1967, Bond practiced law at Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C.

Bond's rise in Missouri politics was meteoric: four years after returning to his home state, he was elected governor. Bond moved back to his hometown of Mexico, Missouri in the fall of 1967, and ran for Congress in 1968. He won the Republican primary in August, and nearly defeated incumbent, Democratic Congressman Bill Hungate in November, winning 48%. Then-Attorney General John Danforth hired Bond as an Assistant Attorney General in 1969, where Bond led the office's Consumer Protection Division. At the age of 31, Bond was elected Missouri State Auditor in 1970; two years later, Bond captured the governor's mansion by 55% to 45%, making him, at 33 years of age, the youngest governor in the history of Missouri. In 1976, he was on the short list of to be Gerald Ford's vice presidential running mate.

In many ways Bond governed as a moderate during his first term as governor: for example, he drew criticism from conservatives for his support of the Equal Rights Amendment. While governor, on June 25, 1976 he signed an executive order rescinding the Extermination Order against Mormons issued by Governor Lilburn Boggs on October 27, 1838. In 1976, in a surprising upset, Bond was narrowly defeated for re-election by Democrat Joseph P. Teasdale, then Jackson County Prosecutor. Teasdale's tenure was rocky, and in 1980 Bond made a successful comeback, defeating fellow Republican and incumbent Lieutenant Governor Bill Phelps in the primary, and Teasdale in November. Among Bond's most noted accomplishments was taking the Parents As Teachers program statewide.

Bond was succeeded as governor in 1985 by John Ashcroft, also a Republican. Ashcroft later served alongside Bond in the Senate.

After Sen. Thomas Eagleton decided not to run for re-election, Bond was elected Senator in 1986, defeating Lieutenant Governor Harriett Woods by 53% to 47% . Bond was re-elected in 1992 by less than expected over St. Louis County Councilwoman Geri Rothman-Serot. In 1998 Bond decisively defeated Attorney General Jay Nixon and Libertarian Tamara Millay after a hard-fought campaign, and in 2004 he won re-election over Democratic challenger State Treasurer Nancy Farmer with 56 percent of the vote.

Facing the expiration of his fourth full term in January 2011, Bond announced on January 8, 2009 he did not plan to seek a fifth term and would not stand for re-election in November 2010.

While Bond voted in favor in banning members of Congress from receiving gifts from lobbyists, he has generally opposed campaign reform. He voted against the McCain Feingold Act for bipartisan campaign finance solutions. Bond also voted against limiting contributions from corporations or labor.

Bond has a mixed record on civil rights legislation. Despite receiving only an 11% rating from the NAACP, he broke with Republicans to vote in favor of setting aside highway funds for minorities and to allow for affirmative action. However, he has voted consistently against same-sex marriage, supporting the proposed constitutional ban of it.

In October 2008, Bond apologized to former U.S. Attorney Todd Graves, after a U.S. Justice Department report cited Bond forcing Graves out over a disagreement with Representative Sam Graves. Following the report, Attorney General Michael Mukasey appointed a special prosecutor to investigate whether former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and other officials involved in the firings of nine U.S. attorneys broke the law. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington filed an Ethics Committee complaint against Bond over his role in the ouster of Graves.

Bond's son Sam, returned fall 2007 from his second tour of duty in Iraq, is an officer in the United States Marine Corps, making Bond one of only a few federal elected officials with a child serving in uniform.

In 1994, his wife, Carolyn, filed for a divorce, which was finalized the following year. Bond married Linda Pell, now Linda Bond, in 2002. She grew up in the Kansas City suburb of Gladstone and works as a consultant to the National Republican Senatorial Committee. She and Bond had dated for about a year before they were engaged on May 17, 2001, and had also dated in 1996 and 1997. It is her second marriage as well.

After winning his second term as Governor, Bond sued his investment manager and Paine Webber, alleging his $1.3 million trust fund had been drained. He was one of several clients who sued, and he settled in 1996 for $900,000.

Bond has permanent vision loss in one eye, which he claims is the result of undiagnosed amblyopia during childhood.

On January 8, 2009, Senator Bond announced that he will not be seeking re-election in 2010.

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Harriett Woods

Great Seal of Missouri

Harriett Woods (June 2, 1927 - February 8, 2007) was an American politician and activist, a two-time Democratic nominee for the United States Senate from Missouri, and a former Lieutenant Governor of the state of Missouri. She was Missouri's first and so far only female Lieutenant Governor.

Born Ruth Harriett Friedman in Cleveland, Ohio, she received her BA degree in philosophy from the University of Michigan. She married Jim Woods on January 2, 1953. Before beginning her career in politics, Woods worked as a journalist and TV producer.

Her political career began as a member of the University City Council in 1962, where she served for eight years. Woods was elected to the Missouri State Senate in 1976 and was re-elected in 1980. In 1982, she made a strong bid for the US Senate, running against moderate incumbent Republican John Danforth. Aided by a strong grassroots base that rallied under the slogan, "Give them hell, Harriett!" (a play on a similar slogan used by supporters of another Missourian, Harry Truman), Woods built up a political presence in the state. Danforth defeated Woods by a margin of less than two percent. Some have argued that the deciding margin in the campaign was Woods' strong support for abortion rights in a state where rural voters generally oppose abortion ().

Two years later, Woods ran for the office of Lieutenant Governor. Her name recognition from the Senate race gave her a significant advantage. She succeeded in her bid, even as voters elected the deeply conservative John Ashcroft as Governor and as President Ronald Reagan carried Missouri on his way to a 49-state re-election victory. Woods was the first woman elected to statewide office in Missouri.

In 1986, she once again was chosen as the Democratic nominee for the Senate, this time running against former Governor Kit Bond for the seat being vacated by retiring Senator Thomas Eagleton. In another tight race, Woods lost by a five-point margin. She served as Lieutenant Governor until 1989.

After her retirement, she remained prominent, especially as an activist for women in politics. From 1991-1995 she was president of the National Women's Political Caucus. In 1999 she was inducted into the St. Louis Walk of Fame.

In January 2001 she joined other Missouri Democrats to oppose the nomination of John Ashcroft for U.S. Attorney General ().

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Sam Graves

Sam Graves

Samuel "Sam" Graves (born November 7, 1963) is a politician from the U.S. state of Missouri, currently representing Missouri's 6th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives. He is currently the ranking minority member of the House Committee on Small Business.

Graves was born in Tarkio, Missouri and he graduated from the University of Missouri. He is a former volunteer fireman and Eagle Scout. He is also a sixth-generation farmer. Graves was elected to the Missouri House of Representatives in 1992 as a Republican and he was then elected to the Missouri State Senate in 1994.

In 2000, Congresswoman Pat Danner suddenly retired due to breast cancer. Graves filed within the short period of time left for filing. Graves faced Congresswoman Danner's son, Steve Danner, a former Missouri state senator, in the general election. Graves referred to Danner as a "tax and spend Liberal" and won the race with 51% of the vote . Graves easily won re-election in 2002, 2004, and 2006 .

Because Missouri's 6th District has changed between Democratic and Republican control several times, elections in the district tend to be closely contested. As a result, candidates in the district often receive large contributions from their national parties and party leaders. Graves received a total of $35,000 from former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay's ARMPAC.

Graves is the brother of Todd Graves, former U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri. In October 2008, Senator Kit Bond apologized to Todd Graves, after a U.S. Justice Department report cited Bond forcing Graves out over a disagreement with Representative Graves. Following the report, Attorney General Michael Mukasey appointed a special prosecutor to investigate whether former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and other officials involved in the firings of nine U.S. attorneys broke the law.

Graves received national attention for a campaign ad accusing his opponent, former Kansas City mayor Kay Barnes, of promoting "San Francisco values". Graves won his re-election against Barnes 59% to 37%.

According to the Associated Press, Graves wasted nearly half of a $273,000 US Grant for spending on urban youth programs in his district on curbing gothic subculture in Blue Springs, Missouri in 2002. Graves sought to spend $118,000 of that money for therapy, assessment and case management, as well as a series of town meetings to discuss the issue. But because there was not enough interest, Graves' project shifted from Goths to counterculture and negative influences.

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Joseph P. Teasdale

Great Seal of Missouri

Joseph Patrick Teasdale (born March 29, 1936) is an American politician. He served as Governor of Missouri from 1977 to 1981. He is member of the Democratic Party.

Teasdale was born in Kansas City, Missouri, and graduated from Rockhurst High School and from Rockhurst University. Teasdale earned a law degree from Saint Louis University School of Law. From 1962 to 1966, he served as Assistant United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri. From 1966 to 1972, he served as Prosecuting Attorney for Jackson County, Missouri and was the youngest person to hold that post. Teasdale was defeated in the 1972 Democratic gubernatorial primary. In the 1976 election, Teasdale captured his party's nomination and, in a surprising upset, defeated incumbent Kit Bond in the general election. Four years later, he fended off a primary election challenge from then-State Treasurer Jim Spainhower, but was defeated in the 1980 general election in a rematch with Bond.

Teasdale is in the Rockhurst High School Athletic Hall of Fame in recognition of his standout multi-sport athletic career in high school. He has a wife, Theresa, and three sons, Bill, John, and Kevin. His middle son, John, was a offensive tackle at the University of Notre Dame.

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