|Address||635 N.West End Blvd. |
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701, United States
|| May 12, 1954
Aug 08, 2012 04:49am
|Info||Peter D. Kinder (Republican) was elected Missouri’s 46th Lieutenant Governor on November 2, 2004, carrying 91 of Missouri’s 114 counties. He is the second Republican elected to this office since 1928. |
Peter Kinder was born and raised in Cape Girardeau. As the son of one of the last Missouri pediatricians to make house calls, Peter learned the value of service, responsibility, and hard work by observing his father and occasionally accompanying him to work. Having practiced medicine for 49 years in Cape Girardeau, Dr. Jim Kinder closed his practice to move to the county health unit in the poorest part of South Cape Girardeau, serving an exclusively Medicaid population, heavy with minorities, who had no one else to care for them. This example of service is one that his son Peter has sought to emulate in serving the citizens of Missouri.
After attending Cape Girardeau Public Schools, Peter Kinder 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 in 1980.
From 1981 to 1983, he served as a member of U.S. Representative Bill Emerson’s Washington staff and then worked as an attorney and real estate representative for Drury Industries, as they built hotels across the Midwest. In 1987, he became associate publisher of the Southeast Missourian newspaper, writing columns and weekly editorials through 2002.
In 1992, Peter Kinder won election in his first campaign for the 27 th district in the Missouri Senate, representing the counties of Bollinger, Cape Girardeau, Madison, Mississippi, Perry, and Scott. In 2001, the Republicans gained a majority in the Missouri Senate for the first time in 53 years. As a result, Kinder was elected President Pro Tem, the top elected official in the Missouri Senate, and led this body for four years through some of the toughest budget times in Missouri history. When Kinder successfully ran for Lt. Governor in 2004, he became the second sitting President Pro Tem to be elected Lieutenant Governor.
As Lieutenant Governor, Kinder serves as the official Elderly Advocate for Missouri. While in the Missouri Senate, he sponsored and passed the Elderly Protection Act in 2003, which increased the penalties for elder abuse crimes. Through his leadership as President Pro Tem, Missouri crafted the Missouri Senior Rx plan, providing prescription drug coverage for the poorest seniors. In his current capacity, Lt. Governor Kinder continues to work to protect Missouri seniors. As Lt. Governor, Kinder is promoting MOSAFE (Missourians Stopping Adult Financial Exploitation), a program designed to alert financial institutions and the general public to the crime of financially exploiting the elderly and disabled.
In January 2005, the Governor created the Government Review Commission by Executive Order, naming Kinder as the only elected official on the twenty-member board. The commission is reviewing every executive department, identifying opportunities to restructure, consolidate, or reduce areas of state government to produce the most cost-effective service for Missouri taxpayers. Since the Lieutenant Governor is a member of the executive and legislative branches of government, he is uniquely positioned to help eradicate waste and abuse of taxpayer dollars.
During his time in office, Peter Kinder has led the fight for veterans' issues. As President Pro Tem of the Senate, he chaired an interim committee that studied subsidizing veterans' homes and providing assistance to Missouri troops returning home from combat in Afghanistan, Iraq, and other parts of the world. In 2005, Lt. Governor Kinder proposed and helped to pass the Missouri Military Family Relief Fund, which benefits family members of the Missouri National Guard and Reserves personnel who have been called to active duty.
The Lieutenant Governor operates as a member of several different boards and commissions including: chair of the Missouri Rx Prescription Drug Program; Tourism Commission; Community Service Commission; Missouri Development Finance Board; and the Missouri Housing Development Commission.
In 1996, he was named chairman of the Education Task Force of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a Washington, D.C., based association of state legislators.
Lieutenant Governor Kinder is a member of the United Methodist Church, Beta Theta Pi social fraternity, Missoui Farm Bureau, Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce, and the Lions Club. He is active in many civic causes, including extensive work with the Southeast Missouri Port Authority, the United Way, the Nature Conservancy, the American Cancer Society, and the Boy Scouts of America.
Throughout his public service career, Peter Kinder has been honored by various groups for his record and achievements. His awards include: Boy Scouts of America Eagle Scout; a special award from St. Louis Children’s Hospital, SSM Cardinal Glennon Hospital, and Children’s Mercy of Kansas City for support of the State Children’s Health Program and health care programs benefiting Missouri children; March of Dimes for Continued Commitment to Infant Healthcare; Southeast Missouri State University Alumni Association Distinguished Service Award; St. Louis Business Journal Legislative 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; Missouri Right to Life Defender of Life; Southeast Missouri Alliance for Disability Independence Elected Official Award; SSM Cardinal Glennon Hospital Child Advocate Award for Civic Commitment; National Federation of Independent Businesses Guardian of Small Business; Missouri State Medical Association for dedication to improving health care; and Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry Spirit of Enterprise.