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.