Thompson Coburn LLP is pleased to announce that former United States Senator Christopher S. “Kit” Bond has joined the firm as a partner. Senator Bond retires this week from the United States Senate after serving four terms representing the State of Missouri, beginning in 1986.
At Thompson Coburn, Bond will advise clients in the areas of international trade, biotechnology, agriculture, cyberlaw and transportation and also consult on client issues that will bring economic development and job opportunities to the State of Missouri. He will work from both Missouri and Washington, D.C.
“As a policymaker I worked to foster business growth and economic development and I will continue that work as a lawyer at Thompson Coburn. I am thrilled to join a law firm that shares the same values and interests that I do and is as respected as Thompson Coburn,” said Senator Bond. “I look forward to continuing my commitment to the business community and the people of Missouri as an active member of the firm.”
Bond received his law degree from the University of Virginia in 1963, graduating first in his class. After serving as a clerk to the Chief Judge of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta, Bond practiced law in Washington, D.C. before returning home to Missouri to begin a political career.
“Senator Bond has been a tremendous friend of the business community during his forty years of public service, and combines both legal and policymaking expertise with a deep understanding of the issues of importance to our clients,” said Thompson Coburn Chairman Tom Minogue. “He has been a tireless advocate on a range of issues that our clients in Washington and around the nation care about, focusing his efforts on topics such as international business and trade, life sciences, transportation and national security. We are honored and privileged to have him join our firm.”
During his long career in the Senate, Bond served as Vice Chairman of the Senate Select Intelligence Committee, Chairman and ranking member of the Appropriations Subcommittee that funds our nation’s transportation and housing programs, and a member both of the Environment and Public Works and the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committees.
Bond built his reputation as a senior statesman advocating for a strong U.S. military and improved care for our nation’s veterans and is viewed as an expert on national intelligence and Asia. He is also recognized as a national advocate in the promotion of plant biotechnology.
At age 33, Bond became the 47th Governor of the State of Missouri in 1973 – the youngest in the state’s history. He was re-elected to a second term as Governor in 1980. Among his greatest accomplishments as Governor was to take the “Parents as Teachers” program statewide.
Bond is a sixth generation Missourian, born in St. Louis in 1939. He grew up in Mexico, Missouri, where he still resides. Bond graduated cum laude from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University in 1960 before going to law school. Bond is married to Linda Bond. His son, Sam Bond, served two tours in Iraq in the U.S. Marine Corps and is married to Margaret Crews, an attorney in Virginia.