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ICON Awards 2022: Christopher Bond, Former Republican Missouri U.S. Senator

Christopher “Kit” BondAs a lawyer, a governor and a senator, Christopher “Kit” Bond has amassed a long record of honorable service to the State of Missouri.

A graduate of Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the University of Virginia Law School, where he finished first in his class, Bond began his career clerking at the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals before becoming a partner in a Washington D.C. law firm. The St. Louis native, who was raised in Mexico, Mo., would go on to serve as his home state’s assistant attorney general before winning a race for state auditor in 1970.

Just two years later, the sixth-generation Missourian would take the governor’s office, becoming the state’s youngest chief executive and was even talked about as a possible presidential running mate for Gerald Ford and, later, George Bush, Sr. He was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1986 before being returned to the body for three additional terms. During his time in office, Bond was an advocate for plant biotechnology and served on the board of the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center. He also co-sponsored the Family and Medical Leave Act signed into law in 1993. He co-authored the book “The Next Front: Southeast Asia and the Road to Global Peace with Islam” with journalist Lewis Simons.

Bond, who served on the Appropriations, Environment and Public Works and Small Business and Entrepreneurship committees as well as the Select Committee on Intelligence, retired from the Senate in 2010.

Bond has two bridges in the State of Missouri and a federal courthouse named after him.

“While serving in the U.S. Senate, Bond built a reputation as a statesman who advocated for a strong U.S. Military, improved care for our nation’s veterans and men and women in uniform and fought for economic security by protecting jobs from being driven abroad,” reads the courthouse biography.

After his political career came to close, Bond joined Thompson Coburn, telling local media that he envisioned focusing on business development issues that would help the State of Missouri using his knowledge of trade, biotechnology, agriculture and transportation.

In 2011, Bond launched Kit Bond Strategies, now known as KBS Group, a bipartisan enterprise which provides a variety of strategic communication, government affairs and development services to its business clients with offices in Kansas City, St. Louis, and Washington, D.C.

“Over the course of 40 years of distinguished public service, Christopher S. “Kit” Bond earned a reputation as a skilled statesman able to build coalitions and effectively work across party lines to achieve results,” reads his firm biography.

ICON Awards 2022