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

Missouri senator will not seek re-election

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/01/08/art.bond.gi.jpg caption="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. Michael, Houston Texas

    Hector, your whole comment is ignorant. So how many promises has any President made during a campaign that they were able to keep, very few. You would think you wetodd's would want the next administration to succeed with the way things are now. You knitwits better put your bitterness in check and do what you can to help get this country back on track or we will be known as the country formaly known as the United States. There are as many Republicans who are ultra corrupt as Democrats. And as long as thier is big money in politics, there will be corruption. The only thing we can do as cictizens is try not to elect these types. President Obama will do a good job, I am confident. We have nowhere to go but up. Now to the topic: it is sure strange to see all the Republicans hitting the eject button. Kind of tells you the state of the Republican Party. I hope the Republicans can find it in themselves to get back on track and get rid of these idiots running thier party into the ground, otherwise the party will continue to be a minority in politics.

    January 8, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  2. Richard Larson

    They're not in power any more so they are jumping ship. Sore losers, all of them. Let them all quit so the Democrat majority can become even more filibuster proof.

    If they aren't going to run for re-election in 2010, why don't they just resign now.

    Red state, Blue state, doesn't matter, any republican running for office in 2010 is toast unless they get with the program and start offering up more than idiological objections to the president's programs. They've been invited to contribute if they have anything positive to contribute. The only ones who have a prayer of being re-elected in 2010 is if they are productive so let's get with it!

    January 8, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  3. Cher

    Hector, George H W Bush had no intelligence experience when he took over the CIA and his tenure was highly regarded.

    January 8, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  4. Triggidy

    Mick in Mesa, don't speak for all us Missourians. MANY of us would gladly help him pack up his things.

    January 8, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  5. Spider

    Larry in Houston, TX.

    This is all you need to see from a President? Put together a cabinet and then you'll vote for him again in four years? Sounds like a 50 yard stare.

    That's how GW Bush got elected twice. "I'd still like to sit down and have a beer with him. Let's re-elect him!!!"

    Let's see what he does with his first term on the job, then decide on our vote.
    Doesn't that sound more like an open minded, educated voter?

    January 8, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  6. Spider


    You should say it more often, because you can't spell it.

    January 8, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  7. Chris from MO

    I worked for Senator Bond. He is a wonderful man and he will be greatly missed by the state of Missouri. some may complain, but he has brought so much money to our state, and that is what we elected him to do. Senator Bond has been a champion in the intelligence community bringing the FISA bill through the Senate this past year.

    He is a wonderful and I, and everyone else from Missouri, wish him nothing but the best. Thanks for your wonderful work as governor and Senator for our state. We will miss you.

    January 8, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  8. Frank, Las Vegas

    Good, that's three more seats the Democrats can pick up. That'll make 62 seats in 2010!

    January 8, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  9. Bea

    Thank you....now we can get a democrat to replace him

    January 8, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  10. MorningStar

    Sweet, this will make Claire McCaskill the senior senator of Missoury, I love that woman, she is great!

    January 8, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  11. MikeH

    Bob the Observer, go bite down on a rat-tail file and pull it out of your mouth real fast.

    You're really TCM aren't you?

    January 8, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  12. Cuba Wanted Change in 1959 - Be Careful What You Wish For

    At least by then the US will know how corrupt and lying the Democrats really are! So, it won't be a loss for the Republicans at all – but a HUGE landslide AGAINST the Democrats. He's just clearing the way for new blood!

    January 8, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  13. HouseDiva

    I never liked Kit Bond; he was Ashcroft's partner in crime for years...I'm from St, Louis and I say GOOD RIDDANCE TO BAD RUBBISH!

    January 8, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  14. Proud American

    Thank you for putting Country first. It's our prayer that all Republicans stop being so selfish and self centered. You just can't get the job done.

    January 8, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  15. Matt in CA

    I would take a CIA chief with no intelligence experience and only an excellent and bipartisan record of management over repeated gross and blatant violations of the Constitution any day.

    Goodbye Bush and Cheney, hello civil rights and liberties. Finally a chance to reclaim the best of America and our global moral high ground.

    January 8, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  16. Adam

    They know they can not win – trying to save face – rep had driven this country downhill they deserve what they got – you simply can not reward failure.

    January 8, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  17. James from Kansas City

    Don't worry, we'll elect another one just like him.

    January 8, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |

    Another republican has lost the will to live.

    January 8, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  19. Craig - Hastings, MN

    Ever look closely at a lot of these comments. The sewage spewing hate mongers from BOTH side are something to behold.No wonder this country is in such a mess. Heaven help us!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 8, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  20. GA for Obama

    Purple Microdot- What are you talking about? The election was NOT razor thin. Obama won by a landslide-365EV to 173EV and 53% to 46%. Besides, I think Dems will win it.

    January 8, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  21. Charlie

    It is so nice to see that the LIBERAL CNN structure is in place and fully operational. I will be visiting from time to time to see how everyone changes once they see there finances going to Washington and nothing coming back to them. It is a lovely day.

    January 8, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  22. Rob

    At last a Republican senator wises up!

    After 2 years of Republicans purposely sabotaging & creating gridlocks for the Democrats and the bills, initiatives and proposals they created and supported for the improvement of citizens of this nation. Republicans rather have themselves and Democrat look inept or incompetent and claim that as a sort of twisted victory but they do not realize that it greatly harms the American people and denies them of improvements & new services that would benefit their lives.

    But, the American people are not stupid, in the last election they voted in almost 60 Democratic Senators & more than 250 Democratic House Representatives. They know that the Republicans caused Congress to be inept and not maximize their potential over the needs of the American people. When a political party like the Republicans values and cares more about its twisted & counter productive agenda over the interests & needs of its people then the political party becomes obsolete, selfish, closed minded & a social pariah.

    No one can either forget the failures and disasters of Bush & his Cabinet:
    1. Failed wars
    2. Failed Economy
    3. Ignoring & denying intelligence prior to 9/11 indirectly causing more than 3,000 deaths
    4. Betrayal of CIA agent Valerie Plame
    5. Betrayal of U.S. soldiers by denying them body armor & vehicle plating armor
    6. Failed preparations & reaction to hurricane Katrina
    7.Torturing & Executing prisoners of war which only strengthens & enlarge terrorist groups
    8. Failures in inspecting & repairing nation's infrastructure
    9. Stripping citizen rights to sue corporations for malpractice or damages
    10. Selling out to oil, weapon, construction & health care corporations over the rights & needs of the American People

    Worst Presidents ever: 1. George W. Bush 2. Richard Nixon 3. Warren G. Harding...all Republicans of course!

    January 8, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
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