|Full Name:||Peter D. Kinder||Click here for Voting Records|
|Current Office:||Lieutenant Governor, Republican|
|On The Ballot:||Running, Republican for Lieutenant Governor|
|General||Nov. 6, 2012|
|Primary||Aug. 7, 2012|
|Birth Place:||Cape Girardeau, MO|
|Home City:||Cape Girardeau, MO|
PETER D. KINDER was elected Missouri's 46th lieutenant governor on November 2, 2004. On November 4, 2008, he was re-elected to a second term, carrying 102 of Missouri's 114 counties.
As lieutenant governor, Kinder has championed issues affecting Missouri's seniors and veterans. He also is leading a lawsuit by Missouri citizens against the nation's healthcare law. On August 4, 2010, by a nearly 3-to-1 margin, Missouri voters passed Proposition C, rejecting the federal law's mandate to purchase health insurance. Kinder's lawsuit seeks to have the individual mandate declared unconstitutional.
Prior to his election as Lieutenant Governor, Kinder served for 12 years in the Missouri Senate, representing the counties of Bollinger, Cape Girardeau, Madison, Mississippi, Perry and Scott. In 2001, Republicans gained a majority in the Senate. As a result, Kinder's colleagues elected him President Pro Tem, the Senate's top elected official. He was the first Republican to hold that position in 53 years.
As lieutenant governor, Kinder is the official Senior Advocate for Missouri, and during his Senate service he was known for his work on behalf of the state's senior residents. He sponsored and passed the Elderly Protection Act of 2003, which increased the penalties for elder abuse crimes. With his leadership, Missouri crafted the Missouri Senior Rx plan, providing prescription drug coverage for the poorest seniors. In 2006, Lt. Governor Kinder was instrumental in passing the Assisted Living Bill, a top priority for many senior advocacy groups. This legislation gives seniors more options and choice in the type of long-term care facility they want to call home.
As a member of the Missouri Tourism Commission, Lt. Governor Kinder was instrumental in establishing the Tour of Missouri, an international professional bicycle race. The six day, 600+ mile event first took place in 2007, with Lt. Governor Kinder as its chairman. The Tour of Missouri was extended to seven days for 2008 and 2009. The race ran annually from 2007 to 2009 and was the third highest profile domestic race in the United States. The Tour of Missouri was one of the top stage races outside of Europe and brought in athletes from over 20 countries. During its three year run, the race attracted an estimated 1.2 million spectators and created a direct economic impact of $80 million. Although the tour was cancelled from 2010 onward by Governor Jay Nixon, Lt. Governor Kinder remains a dedicated supporter of the Missouri cycling community.
Kinder has led the fight on issues affecting Missouri's veterans. In 2005, he proposed and helped to pass the Missouri Military Family Relief Fund, which benefits family members of the Missouri National Guard and Reserve personnel who have been called to active duty.
Kinder coordinated the Missouri Mentor Initiative, a program that encourages state employees to mentor children by receiving up to 40 hours a year in paid time off to volunteer. He also ensured funding for the Amachi Program that assists Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Missouri to mentor children whose parents are incarcerated in Missouri prisons.
Lt. Gov. Peter KinderThe lieutenant governor is a member of several boards and commissions including the Missouri Development Finance Board, the Missouri Housing Development Commission, the Board of Public Buildings and the Missouri Tourism Commission.
Born and raised in Cape Girardeau, Kinder attended Cape Girardeau Public Schools and continued his education at Southeast Missouri State University and the University of Missouri– Columbia. He graduated from St. Mary's University School of Law in San Antonio, Texas in 1979 and was admitted to the Missouri Bar.
From 1981 to 1983, Kinder was a member of U.S. Rep. Bill Emerson's Washington, D.C. staff and then worked as an attorney and real estate representative for Drury Industries. In 1987, he became associate publisher of the Southeast Missourian newspaper in Cape Girardeau.
Kinder is a member of the United Methodist Church, Beta Theta Pi social fraternity, Missouri Farm Bureau, Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce and Lions Club. He is active in many civic causes, including extensive work with United Way, the Nature Conservancy, the American Cancer Society and Boy Scouts of America.
Lt. Gov. in the chambers Kinder has been honored by various groups including: Creve Coeur Olivette Chamber of Commerce, Legislator of the Year; Missouri Right to Life Defender of Life; National Rifle Association; University of Missouri, Presidential Citation Award; National Scouting Association Distinguished Eagle Scout Award; St. Louis Children's Hospital, SSM Cardinal Glennon Hospital, and Children's Mercy of K.C.; March of Dimes; Southeast Missouri State University Alumni Association Distinguished Service Award; St. Louis Business Journal Legislative Award; Support Your Troops Committee Award; Missouri Farm Bureau Outstanding Service to Agriculture; St. Louis Regional Commerce and Growth Association Lewis and Clark Statesman Award for Outstanding Leadership; Missouri Restaurant Association Distinguished Service; Associated Industries of Missouri Voice of Missouri Business; Southeast Missouri Alliance for Disability Independence; SSM Cardinal Glennon Hospital Child Advocate Award; National Federation of Independent Businesses Guardian of Small Business; Missouri State Medical Association; and Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry Spirit of Enterprise.
After being term limited out of office in January 2011, Rep. Davis accepted a position as the Executive Director for the Center for Marriage policy and became an Executive Board Member for Pure Hope (Formerly known as the National Coalition for the Protection of Children and Families). She, along with most constitutionally minded supporters, continued observing that even with a super-majority in both the House and Senate, the Republicans are continuing to push the agenda of bigger government and more spending. Without a real choice on the ballot, there is little hope that the Republicans can reform their insatiable desire for money and power over serving the people. Rep. Davis has the fortitude and the moxie to stand up for what is right regardless of the consequences.