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WASHINGTON D.C. – Last night (Tuesday) the U.S. Senate unanimously passed a bill to name a new federal courthouse in Jefferson City in honor of former U.S. Senator Christopher (Kit) S. Bond.
The bill, S. 846, was introduced by U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) and cosponsored by U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill (Mo.). The legislation will now move to the U.S. House of Representatives.
“I’m proud that my colleagues in the Senate passed this bill to honor my friend and Missouri statesman Kit Bond. As we look forward to the completion of the courthouse, I hope my colleagues in the House will move forward with this bill as soon as possible,” said Blunt.
Bond is a sixth-generation Missourian who was elected state auditor in 1970. Two years later, he became the 47th Governor of the State of Missouri. Bond was elected to a second term before Missourians sent him to the U.S. Senate in 1986 and re-elected him three times.
As Senator, Bond was a long-time advocate of local, state, and federal law enforcement, and was instrumental in building new courthouses in St. Louis, Kansas City, and Cape Girardeau.