January 8th, 2009
11:27 AM ET
7 years ago

Missouri senator will not seek re-election

Bond will not run for another Senate term.

Bond will not run for another Senate term.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Sen. Kit Bond, R-Missouri, will announce Thursday he will not seek another term to the Senate, a Capitol Hill Republican source confirms to CNN.

Bond is scheduled to make the announcement in a speech before the Missouri General Assembly. He served two terms as governor prior to being elected to the Senate in 1986. Bond is the third Republican senator to announce he will not be run for re-election in 2010. Sen. Mel Martinez, R-Florida, and Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kansas, will both leave Capitol Hill when the curtain drops on the 111th Congress.

Republicans must defend 16 incumbents and three open seats in 2010, while Democrats have to defend 15 incumbents and two seats where special elections are expected to be held. In Delaware, a special election will be scheduled for Vice President-elect Joe Biden’s seat as well as a special election in New York should Hillary Clinton be confirmed as the next Secretary of State.

On Capitol Hill, Bond is known as a party loyalist, and he serves on the Select Committee on Intelligence, Appropriations Committee, Committee on Environment and Public Works, and the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

Bond received 56 percent of the vote to win re-election in 2004.

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soundoff (97 Responses)
  1. Matt

    buh bye

    January 8, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  2. Trust

    His pockets are filled now he can retire.

    January 8, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  3. Missouri

    Another bible banging thumper gone!

    January 8, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  4. Lee

    Good riddance.

    However rethugs supporting Bush/Cheney and our countries ruination should be arrested.

    January 8, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  5. FreeNLovIt

    Yeah, donkeys are better for traveling through treacherous mountains, to get to the promised land. Elephants' butts are too big. They gave W a blank check for 5 trillion dollars and they're complaining about Obma's 1 trillion stimulus package, that will actually, pull us out of the HOLE.

    January 8, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  6. Happy Missourian

    This is a very happy day for this MIssourian!

    January 8, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  7. Will-South Dakota

    Bailing ship on the GOP.

    January 8, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  8. Aaron from Ohio

    2010 may be very similar to the last two election cycles when more republicans announced that they will not seek re-election. Being a minority party means less influence and little ability to shape policy. The republicans face an internal fight for the control of their party and many doubt their chances for a quick return. Leaving government for the more lucrative private sector has more appeal.

    January 8, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  9. Mari

    The old Republican dinosaurs are retiring. They have only themselves to blame for the death of the Republican party. The GOP has allowed itself to be highjacked by the hate-mongers of AM radio; they have appealed to the dysfunctional minority of our Nation who fears education, 'others' and is entrenched in some distant past when America 'was great'.

    Republicans have lost and will continue to as long as they insist on their vile politics of hate, lies, fear and division. Our Nation spoke loud and clear, we reject their politics. We reject the AM radio-hate-mongers, Faux News and all that the GOP stands for.

    January 8, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  10. YES!


    January 8, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  11. Michael

    As I recall, the GOP did quite well in the 2004 Senate races. Consequently, those freshman will be up for re-election in 2010. Freshman are always more vulnerable, especially given the freshman won on the coattails of a president who is now wildly unpopular and will still likely be unpopular two short years from now.

    January 8, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  12. Steve in Sherman Oaks

    Wow! Bond and Brownback! Now if Inhofe, Coburn and Bennett resign we might actually have a Senate that doesn't shove their personal religious beliefs off on an unwilling public. Good-bye, Kit!

    January 8, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  13. Purple Microdot

    This will be an interesting seat to watch. I doubt that it will be won by the Dems, but the recent election between Obama and McCain was razor thin. I think that McCain won the state with a few thousand votes. Missouri is the new swing state – along with Ohio and Florida. Perhaps a "conservative" democrat could win this state. My advice to the GOP is to run a "moderate-convervative" for this seat. The best thing to do in this political climate is to work for the center. Missouri still has a large GOP base voter population and with a few percentage points from people in the political center – I think that the GOP can keep this seat.

    January 8, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  14. Billy, Springfield, MO

    Kit Bond has served Missouri for Decades. But I am now excited that we in Missouri will have the opportunity to elect someone fresh who can come along with the times and move out of the past. Whoever replaces him will hopefully work with Sen. McCaskill to help better our lives.

    January 8, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  15. Mark from Washington University

    Mick – I don't think anyone from Arizona has a right to point out Missourians as non-progressive. Not only are we the nation's bellwether state and the home of President Truman, but we have shown our progressive nature in recent years as well. In 2006, we defeated our Republican Senator and voted in Democrat Claire McCaskill – one of only four U.S. Senators to not take a dime of pork in the 110th Congress: can't say the same for your Sens. McCain and Kyl. Also, we just elected a Democratic governor by a 20% margin, and was the closest of any state in the Presidential Election – not voting overwhelmingly for McCain as did AZ.

    The "good" people of Missouri are much more progressive than you care to acknowledge – as one myself, I am offended by your puerile obstinacy and suggest that you formulate a reasonable argument before you attempt to belittle that which you do not understand.

    January 8, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  16. chuck


    January 8, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  17. DARgirl

    But why, he's a white republican – he's got another good 20 years of blundering in office left in him. Where are all the old coots going? Think of the graft he'll be missing out on!

    January 8, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  18. Sadie

    I'm a native Missourian and I'll admit that many people in out-state MO have a less-than-progressive view of the nation and the world. But there's also a lot of people here who are keeping up and making incredible contributions to science, technology, policy, etc.

    It should also be noted that Obama had notable support in the rural areas of the state as well as the urban areas. Bush has done a terrific job of helping many rural voters see the potential in the progressive views of Obama.

    @ Mick in Mesa: Don't forget that we elected a dead man over John Ashcroft for the Senate in 2000.

    January 8, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  19. Sherrol in Canada

    Abandoning their colleagues, are they? Is this a testament to their generation, is it an willingness to 'change', to accept bipartisanship, to embrace inclusion and say no to derision?

    Or then again, the poor souls could just be looking forward to some peace and quiet.

    January 8, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  20. Sue T

    I think some of the Republicans know that their party is being taken over by the likes of Rush Limbaugh and his hate filled followeres, the far right so called Christrians, the likes of Sarah Palin and her followers and now we have another up and coming super star Republican....Joe the Plumber........can't you see why he is going to Gaza? He's going so he can say he has foriegn policy experience so when Sarah runs for President she will call on Joe the plumber for her VP and with this so called Foreign Policy experience he will have under his belt, the far far out their right wing christrian collition will proclaim Palin and Jo Jo the next President and VP in 2012

    January 8, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  21. Larry

    When the Democrats WIN-–The United States LOSES.

    January 8, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  22. crabappl@psci.net

    typical republican screw everything up.THEN HEAD FOR THE HILLS.they have no clue how to fix bushes mess.

    January 8, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  23. Sye the Pychic

    I see alot of freezers full of cash,but he cant remember what stores they were in.

    January 8, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  24. Taniel

    Campaign Diaries has a detailed analysis of what we should now expect from Missouri: which party has the best bench, which party has the best potential candidate and which party will probably go through a divisive primary process that will leave it bruised for the general election.

    January 8, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  25. Bob the Observer

    I thank God that these comment forums are composed mostly of people who do not resemble the American mainstream. Bitter, bitter,bitter. Most sound like frustrated suicide bombers looking for a place to hate.

    Wow, when those of us who work for a living venture in here, it's a real surprise to see what those who stay at home are like.

    January 8, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
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