January 8th, 2009
11:27 AM ET
3 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. Steve in Las Vegas,NV

    Maybe they has seen the handwriting on the wall...GOP is toast.

    Now maybe Missouri,Florida & Kansas now will get to have a better choice...NO more bible thumpers or neocons...Just centrests who listen to the people, not the church.

    January 8, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  2. MikeH

    It's interesting that so many Republican members of Congress are bailing out. Maybe they did not like what the Republican Cental Committe was trying to do, setting up a facist police state under Bush, and want to get far away from that treasonous cabal.

    BTW, The only REAL Americans are the indigenous people, Athabascan, Iroquois, Cheyenne, Sioux, Apache, Yahi, Tinglit, etc, so shut up "REAL American, unless you are one of the native tribes.

    And if you are, I hope you are hunting with wooden spears hurled with an atltl, and tipped with Folsom projectiles made of flint, otherwise your drivel about liberals and modern technology is just another example of conservative hypocrisy.

    January 8, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  3. yellow dog democrat

    please send in some modern thinkers – times they are a'changing!

    January 8, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  4. Dave in Atlanta

    I agree with Purple Microdot that this may be one of the most interesting Senate races in 2010. But I do think the democrats have a chance. Claire McCaskill was able to unseat the republican incumbent. Of course whichever dem runs in 2010 will not be able to fan the flames of anti-Bushism like McCaskill did to win the seat.

    January 8, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  5. Venia

    Let's clean the house and senate of all rethuglicans!

    January 8, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  6. Larry

    When the Democrats WIN-–The United States LOSES.-–
    The government is the problem,not the solution!!!!!

    January 8, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  7. Larry in Houston TX

    Purple Microdot – yes, it was razor thin...but here's the deal.....when Obama runs again, it will be a landslide...The reason ? There is more people now, that will vote for him, because the GOP such as (Palin) & others) smeared him.....Now, they are finding out that since he put together a cabinet that is so impressive, so, in 2012 he will wn by a landslide....

    January 8, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  8. RJ, Phoenix

    Mari January 8th, 2009 12:38 pm ET
    ...vile politics of hate, lies, fear and division.
    _________________________________
    Sounds just like the current Democratic party leaders.
    Reid, Pelosi, Franks, etc.
    Funny how those in power tend to let it go to their heads.
    2010 will be interesting indeed.

    January 8, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  9. jk

    Robin Carnahan will be the next senator from Missouri.

    January 8, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  10. Barack Obama

    The Senate is no fun.

    January 8, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  11. LYNETTE IN CA

    Must be something about not getting their way anymore that's got a bunch of repugs dropping like flies. There's a new Sherriff in town and his name is President Obama. I'm loving every minute of this!!!

    January 8, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  12. jstar19

    While it is good news for the home team that Bond is not going to run again, former Rep. Gov. Blunt will probably try to take his seat......and as we here in Missouri say, "Blunt Trama!!"

    January 8, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  13. Hector

    I love the ignorant comments that libs make, these next four years of watching Obama fail at making good on the ridiculous promises he's made will be SWEET!!!. Now I get to be the whinney citizen blaming everyting negative on the President no matter who else is involved. Thank you to Blagojevich, and Burris and Bill Richardson for showing us the tip of the Iceberg for lib behavior....whats next a CIA chief with no experience?!?!?

    January 8, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  14. Laverne

    Obviously it is just time for a new generation of politicians to take center stage. Even though most politicians have their own share of mess, some have been rolling in mess longer than others. Maybe new ideas and a new energy will arise. Maybe a new generation of republicans will serve the country better than the ones we currently have and the same for the Dems.

    January 8, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  15. I'm Not Missing The Old Mule & Winky Half-baked Alaska

    All the rats jumping the "Palinized" pirate ship.

    January 8, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  16. Pat

    Finally!

    January 8, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  17. Independant Vet

    LOOK OUT , MISSOURI HAS IT'S SHARE OF DO NOTHING DEMOCRATS IN POLITICS, SOME ARE AS CORRUPT AS ONES IN ILLINOIS . THEY ALSO KNOW HOW TO LIE. VERY SUCESSFULLY .

    January 8, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  18. Bob

    Darn I wish Bond would run again, just to see voters repudiate him so he can taste defeat at the ballot box as another red state is turning blue......

    January 8, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  19. Mike, Syracuse NY

    @Mark from Washington University. McCain hasn't taken any pork his entire time in the Senate. You need to get educated before throwing stones. Obama however has taken plenty, except for this year, when he suddenly got religion.

    January 8, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  20. Rosa Birmingham, AL

    Good riddance especially to Brownback, he is a real nut case.

    January 8, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  21. STL Paul

    For all the jubilation being expressed over this old man's retirement, there should be some concern for Missourians. Though he's a strong conservative that I don't agree with, this leaves Missouri's senate delegation with no seniority on the Hill. Like it or not, this isn't a good thing for Missouri jobs and the sort....

    January 8, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  22. alvino

    Larry-

    When the democrats win, it is usually to fix the screw ups that the republicans created.

    January 8, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  23. Amber

    Wave good bye to another hypocritical holy roller everyone!

    Will the last person in the GOP please turn off the lights before they leave...

    January 8, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  24. Lorna, NY

    Let them all retire!

    January 8, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  25. Maggie from Virginia

    After a year, he'll be working with lobbyist like the rest of the retired congressmen.

    January 8, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
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