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Peter Kinder

Peter Kinder
46th Lieutenant Governor of Missouri
Assumed office
January 10, 2005
Governor Matt Blunt
Jay Nixon
Preceded by Joe Maxwell
Personal details
Born (1954-05-12) May 12, 1954
Cape Girardeau, Missouri, U.S.
Political party Republican
Alma mater Southeast Missouri State

University of Missouri,

St. Mary's University, Texas
Religion Methodist[1]

Peter D. Kinder (born May 12, 1954) is an American politician and member of the Republican Party from the U.S. state of Missouri.[2][3] He was elected Lieutenant Governor of Missouri in 2004 as Matt Blunt was elected governor.[3] Kinder was re-elected in 2008 at the same time Democrat Jay Nixon was elected governor.[3] Kinder was the only Republican in Missouri to win statewide office in 2008, as all other Republicans running for each of the other statewide offices suffered defeat.[4] Despite the overwhelmingly poor election year for Republicans, and his winning by only about 1.5% of the votes cast, Kinder carried 102 of Missouri's 114 counties.[3] In 2012, once again the only Republican to win statewide, Kinder was re-elected as the first lieutenant governor to be elected to a third term in Missouri since 1940.[5] In July 2015, Kinder announced his entry into the 2016 Missouri governor's race.[6]

Education and early career

Kinder was born and raised in Cape Girardeau, the son of pediatrician James A. Kinder Jr. and Mary Frances Hunter Kinder. He attended Cape Girardeau Public Schools and then attended Southeast Missouri State University and the University of Missouri in Columbia.[3] 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.[3]

In 1972, fresh out of high school, Kinder worked for former U.S. Sen. Jack Danforth's re-election bid for Missouri attorney general.[7][8] After graduating from law school at St. Mary's University in San Antonio, Texas, Kinder managed Bill Emerson's successful 1980 campaign for U.S. Congress.[9] It was the first time a Republican won in southeast Missouri for U.S. Congress since 1928.[10]

After law school Kinder served as a member of the late U.S. Representative Bill Emerson's staff in Washington, D.C. from 1980 to 1983.[3] He returned to Missouri and worked as an attorney and real estate specialist for hotel developer Charles Drury of Drury Industries.[3] In 1987 Kinder became associate publisher of the Southeast Missourian newspaper, where he wrote weekly columns and editorials.[3]

Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau dedicated its Department of Pediatrics in memory to his father James A. Kinder, M.D. who died on July 1, 2000. His mother, who died on January 4, 2008, sang duets with the mother of Rush Limbaugh for 50 years; Rush Limbaugh attended the funeral.[11]

Political career

In 1992 Kinder made his first bid for public office, winning election to a seat in the Missouri State Senate representing Cape Girardeau and surrounding counties by defeating former Missouri First Lady and gubernatorial candidate Betty C. Hearnes (D). Kinder was reelected to the State Senate in 1996 and 2000.[3] When the Republicans gained a majority in the Missouri Senate for the first time in over 50 years, following a round of special elections in February 2001, Kinder was voted president pro tempore, the top official in the Missouri Senate.[3] Kinder was the first Republican president pro temore in the Missouri Senate in 53 years.[3] In 2004 he sought and won election as lieutenant governor, defeating Bekki Cook (D-Cape Girardeau).

As a member of the Missouri Tourism Commission, Kinder helped establish the Tour of Missouri, an international professional bicycle race, and served as its Chairman.[3] The week-long (6 days in 2007), 600+ mile event first took place in 2007, with Kinder as its chairman.[3] The race was extended to seven days for 2008 and 2009.[3] The race ran annually from 2007 to 2009 and was the third highest profile domestic race in the United States.[1] The Tour of Missouri was one of the top stage races outside of Europe and brought in athletes from over 20 countries.[2] [3] During its three-year run, the race attracted an estimated 1.2 million spectators and created a direct economic impact of $80 million.[4] The Tour of Missouri was cancelled from 2010 onward by Governor Jay Nixon.[5]

Kinder was reelected in November 2008.[4] As lieutenant governor, Kinder is Missouri's official senior advocate.[12] He also is leading a lawsuit by Missouri citizens against the federal healthcare law.[3] Kinder's lawsuit seeks to have the individual mandate declared unconstitutional.[3] On August 4, 2010, Missouri voters passed Proposition C, rejecting the federal law's mandate to purchase health insurance, by 71%.[13]

Kinder announced in July 2015 that he will seek election to the Missouri governor's office in 2016, joining other Republican declared candidates Catherine Hanaway, Mike Parson, and Randy Asbury against Democratic candidate Chris Koster.[6]

Kinder has been honored by various groups including: Missouri Right to Life with the Defender of Life Award; National Rifle Association's A+ rating; 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; Creve Coeur Olivette Chamber of Commerce, Legislator of the Year; 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.[3]


Claims of alleged relationship

In August 2011, the St. Louis Riverfront Times published an article where Tammy Chapman, a former exotic dancer and 1992 Penthouse Pet, claimed she met Peter Kinder at a political event at a gentlemen's club around 1994.[14] The two did not speak again until a chance encounter 18 years later during the summer of 2011. The lengthy timespan discredited her claims Kinder was a customer. Chapman approached Kinder and asked to take a photo with him.[14] The photo was then published when The Riverfront Times ran Chapman's speculative story where Chapman claimed Kinder visited her club in the early to mid 90s when he was a state senator.[14]

Kinder responded and said he had visited the club around 1994 and met Chapman, and that he had not seen her again until the chance encounter in 2011.[15] Chapman confirmed that the two had not spoken since the mid 90s until she saw him in 2011 and approached him to take a picture.[14] Kinder said that, sometime around 1994, after going to the club he decided not to go back because it was inconsistent with how he had been raised.[15] Kinder stated that Chapman's story was part of a "partisan smear" to derail his campaign for Governor.[15] Kinder further said that Democrats tried to use similar tactics against him in his 2008 campaign for Lieutenant Governor.[15]

Hotel expenses and repayment

In April 2011, the St. Louis Post Dispatch published a story stating that Kinder (who has a home in Cape Girardeau and an office in Jefferson City) charged the taxpayers over $35,000 for at least 329 nights at hotels in St. Louis and St. Louis County since 2006.[16] Kinder responded that he had been audited twice, both times by Democratic state auditors, and no concerns were raised about any of the hotel stays.[17] Kinder stated that he always paid the government rate, typically $105/night, during his stays at the Chase Park Plaza, the Four Seasons, the Ritz-Carlton and elsewhere.[17] He further stated, “There were many times I’d attempt to stay at other [lesser known] hotels, The Sheraton, The Westin, The Renaissance Grand, some Hampton Inns and they would have a rate higher than the $105 that I was staying with."[17] Kinder defended the stays as fulfillment of official government duties as Lt Governor; meetings, events, and state business that he routinely scheduled during his weekly drive home to Cape Girardeau from Jefferson City.[17] Kinder maintained that all of the overnight stays were proper, and tied to official events. He acknowledged that on occasion he attended campaign or personal events the same days he was in the area as a practice of good financial stewardship. Kinder announced that he would repay the state $35,050 for hotel costs incurred while traveling in the St. Louis area, to avoid "the slightest taint or suspicion" associated with his name or public service.[18] Due to a change in campaign finance laws, Kinder was not allowed to use campaign funds and instead had to repay the money personally.[19] Kinder elected to repay $52,320, the entire amount that he had been reimbursed by the state for in-state travel since 2005.[19] A spokesman for Kinder stated, "He didn't want any questions about the value he places on the use of taxpayer dollars."[19]

Shooting of Michael Brown

In reference to the period after the shooting of Michael Brown by police in August 2014, Kinder said in March 2015 that President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder had engaged in "incitement of the mob" and "encouraging disorder in Ferguson."[20] Kinder also repeatedly called out Missouri Governor Jay Nixon for reckless disregard and lack of leadership during the Ferguson riots.[21][22] Nixon ordered a stand-down which left violent and unlawful behavior unchecked.[23] Nixon fired back that it was "false and absurd" to suggest he failed to deploy National Guard troops Monday in downtown Ferguson, Missouri because the Obama administration intervened, though did not answer a reporter's request for comment regarding where the troops were stationed before announcement of the grand jury decision.[23] According to the Washington Post, Attorney General Eric Holder had "expressed concerns privately" about Nixon's decision to activate the National Guard in advance.[24]

Electoral history

As Lt. Governor

2012 Election for Lieutenant Governor of Missouri
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Peter Kinder (incumbent) 1,316,669 48.8 -1.08
Democratic Susan Montee 1,211,368 45.4 -1.91
Libertarian Matthew Copple 74,894 2.8 +1.03
2008 Election for Lieutenant Governor of Missouri
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Peter Kinder (incumbent) 1,403,706 49.88 +0.93
2004 Election for Lieutenant Governor of Missouri
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Peter Kinder 1,300,109 48.95

As Missouri State Senator

2000 Election for Missouri’s 27th Senatorial District Seat
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Peter Kinder (incumbent) 49,442 100.00 +36.27
1996 Election for Missouri’s 27th Senatorial District Seat
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Peter Kinder (incumbent) 40,412 63.73
1992 Election for Missouri’s 27th Senatorial District Seat
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Peter Kinder 37,047 55.41

See also

Missouri gubernatorial election, 2012


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External links

  • Peter Kinder, the Lieutenant Governor of Missouri official state site
  • Team Kinder official campaign site
Political offices
Preceded by
Joe Maxwell
Lieutenant Governor of Missouri
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