On September 27, members of the Missouri congressional delegation, federal officials, judges and hundreds of guests joined together to dedicate the new federal courthouse in downtown Jefferson City in honor of former U.S. Senator Kit Bond, a partner at Thompson Coburn LLP.
“It is humbling to be recognized for a project that was possible because of the hard work of so many good people and an incredible honor to have my name on a building that will be doing the important work of the people’s business,” said Senator Bond at the dedication ceremony.
The legislation to designate the new courthouse in Jefferson City as the Christopher S. Bond Courthouse was a bipartisan bill sponsored by Missouri’s U.S. Senators, Republican Roy Blunt and Democrat Claire McCaskill. President Obama signed the courthouse bill into law on Friday, September 23, 2011.
Senator Bond, who delivered the keynote speech at the ceremony, pointed out that the completion of the new courthouse is the latest illustration of what sets Missouri apart from other states – the willingness of all stakeholders to work together in a nonpartisan manner to accomplish critical goals. The Senator also emphasized that this new courthouse is important for concrete reasons, such as increased security, increased capacity to handle caseloads and local economic development, as well as symbolic reasons. America is a nation based on laws which are the basis of our country’s freedoms.
As Senator, Bond worked with the Government Services Administration and Missouri state officials for several years to make the new courthouse a reality. After obtaining approval to build a new courthouse, Senator Bond secured more than $70 million for the courthouse site selection, planning, design and construction. In addition to the courthouse in Jefferson City, Bond worked to make possible new courthouses in Cape Girardeau, Kansas City and St. Louis.
Following the courthouse dedication ceremony, Thompson Coburn sponsored a lunch in honor of Senator Bond.