Christopher S. "Kit" Bond is a sixth generation Missourian, born in St. Louis in 1939. He grew up in Mexico, Missouri, where he still tends to his chestnut orchard. Bond graduated cum laude from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University in 1960 and received his law degree from the University of Virginia in 1963, 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, Bond became the 47th governor 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. As governor, Bond worked with his Missouri Housing Development Commission to ensure low-income affordable public housing was available. 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 2004.
While serving in the United States Senate, Bond built a reputation as a statesman who works in a bipartisan way and advocates a strong and well-equipped U.S. military, improved care for our nation's veterans and men and women in uniform, and better relations with Southeast Asia. He earned the reputation as a reformer of our nation's intelligence community while serving as Vice Chairman on the Senate Select Intelligence Committee. He is also recognized as a national leader in the promotion of plant biotechnology.
As a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee and ranking member of the subcommittee that funds the nation's housing programs, Bond became known as an advocate for improving public housing, enhancing community development, reducing lead-paint poisoning among children in public housing, and fighting to end homelessness. Bond pushed for reforms to housing policy such as focusing on permanent supportive housing, improving local, state and federal coordination, and providing supportive services like child care, mental health and substance abuse treatment and job training. The senator also secured millions of dollars for programs aimed at helping those who most commonly suffer from chronic homelessness including the mentally ill, those with substance abuse problems and disabled veterans suffering from combat-related injuries like Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. During the 2008-2010 recession, Bond also pushed for policies to stabilize the housing market and allow more families to avoid foreclosure.
Bond is married to Linda Bond. His son, Samuel Bond, a Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps, served two tours in Iraq – the last as a scout-sniper platoon leader. Sam is married to Margaret Crews, an attorney from Richmond, Virginia; they currently live and work in Atlanta, Georgia and have one child. Since leaving the United States Senate, Bond joined Thompson Coburn LLP as a partner and formed Kit Bond Strategies LLP