|U.S. Senator from Missouri|
From: January 6, 1987 – January 5, 2011
|Governor of Missouri|
From: January 8, 1973 – January 10, 1977
January 12, 1981 – January 14, 1985
|Predecessor||Warren Eastman Hearnes|
Joseph Patrick Teasdale
|Successor||Joseph Patrick Teasdale|
Early life and Education
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. He graduated from Princeton University in 1960 and received his law degree from the University of Virginia, having graduated first in his class. After law school, Bond served as a clerk on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in Atlanta, Georgia, and practiced law for three years at the Washington, D.C. firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.
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. He was defeated in his 1976 reelection bid to Democrat Joseph Teasdale, but made a comeback and defeated Teasdale in 1980. 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. In the 111th Congress, he served as the ranking member of the Select Intelligence Committee and a senior member of the Appropriations Committee. Bond announced he would not seek a fifth term in 2010.