Peter Kinder

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Peter Kinder
Missouri Lt Governor Peter Kinder at St Louis Science Center, Aug 28, 2007.jpg
Kinder visiting the St. Louis Science Center, August 2007
46th Lieutenant Governor of Missouri
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 10, 2005
Governor Matt Blunt (2005–2009)
Jay Nixon (2009–present)
Preceded by Joe Maxwell
Personal details
Born (1954-05-12) May 12, 1954 (age 60)
Cape Girardeau, Missouri
Political party Republican
Residence Cape Girardeau
Profession Attorney
Religion Catholicism

Peter D. Kinder (born May 12, 1954) is an American politician and member of the Republican Party from the U.S. state of Missouri.[1][2] He was elected Lieutenant Governor of Missouri in 2004 as Matt Blunt was elected Governor.[2] Kinder was re-elected in 2008 at the same time Democrat Jay Nixon was elected Governor.[2] 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.[3] 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.[2] In 2012, Kinder was re-elected as Lt. Governor and became the first Lt. Governor to be elected to a 3rd term in Missouri since 1940.[4]

Education and early career[edit]

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.[2] 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.[2]

In 1972, fresh out of high school, Kinder worked for former U.S. Sen. Jack Danforth's re-election bid for Missouri attorney general.[5][6] After graduating from law school at St. Mary's University in San Antonio, Texas, Kinder managed Bill Emerson's successful 1980 campaign for a Missouri seat in the U.S. Congress.[7] It was the first time a Republican won in southeast Missouri for U.S. Congress since 1928.[8]

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.[2] He returned to Missouri and worked as an attorney and real estate specialist for hotel developer Charles Drury of Drury Industries.[2] In 1987 Kinder became associate publisher of the Southeast Missourian newspaper, where he wrote weekly columns and editorials.[2]

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.[citation needed] His mother, who died on January 4, 2008, sang duets with the mother of Rush Limbaugh for 50 years; Rush Limbaugh even attended the funeral.[9]

Political career[edit]

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 Senate in 1996 and 2000.[2] 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.[2] Kinder was the first Republican President Pro Tem in the Missouri Senate in 53 years.[2] In 2004 he sought and won election as Missouri's 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.[2] The week long (6 days in 2007), 600+ mile event first took place in 2007, with Kinder as its chairman.[2] The race was extended to seven days for 2008 and 2009.[2] 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 as Lieutenant Governor in November 2008.[3] As lieutenant governor, Kinder is Missouri's official senior advocate.[10] He also is leading a lawsuit by Missouri citizens against the federal healthcare law.[2] Kinder's lawsuit seeks to have the individual mandate declared unconstitutional.[2] On August 4, 2010, Missouri voters passed Proposition C, rejecting the federal law's mandate to purchase health insurance, by 71%.[11]

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.[2]

Controversies[edit]

Alleged relationship[edit]

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 gentlemen's club around 1994.[12] The two did not speak again until a chance encounter during the summer of 2011 where Chapman approached Kinder and asked to take a photo with him.[12] The photo was then published when The Riverfront Times ran Chapman's story. Chapman claimed Kinder visited her club in the early to mid 90s when he was a state senator.[12]

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.[13] 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.[12] 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.[13] Kinder stated that Chapman's story was part of a "partisan smear" to derail his campaign for Governor.[13] Kinder further said that Democrats tried to use similar tactics against him in his 2008 campaign for Lieutenant Governor.[13]

Hotel expenses[edit]

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.[14] Kinder responded that he had been audited twice, both times by democrat state auditors, and no concerns were raised about any of the hotel stays.[15] 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.[15] 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."[15] Kinder defended the stays as coinciding with meetings, events, and state business that he routinely scheduled during his weekly drive home to Cape Girardeau from Jefferson City.[15] Kinder maintained that all of the overnight stays were proper, and tied to official events, while acknowledging that on occasion campaign or personal events also took place on those same days.[16]

Kinder announced that he would use campaign funds to 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.[17] Due to a change in campaign finance laws, Kinder was not allowed to use campaign funds and instead had to repay the money personally.[16] Kinder elected to repay $52,320, the entire amount that he had been reimbursed by the state for in-state travel since 2005.[16] A spokesman for Kinder stated, "He didn't want any questions about the value he places on the use of taxpayer dollars."[16]

Electoral history[edit]

2012 Election for Lieutenant Governor of Missouri
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Peter Kinder 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
Constitution Cynthia L. Davis 63,390 2.4 +1.36
2008 Election for Lieutenant Governor of Missouri
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Peter Kinder 1,403,706 49.88 +0.93
Democratic Sam Page 1,331,177 47.31 -1.12
Libertarian Teddy Fleck 49,862 1.77 -0.25
Constitution James C. Rensing 29,153 1.04 +0.44
2004 Election for Lieutenant Governor of Missouri
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Peter Kinder 1,300,109 48.95
Democratic Bekki Cook 1,286,295 48.43
Libertarian Mike Ferguson 53,770 2.02
Constitution Bruce Hillis 15,935 0.60
2000 Election for Missouri’s 27th Senatorial District Seat
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Peter Kinder 49,442 100.00 +36.27
1996 Election for Missouri’s 27th Senatorial District Seat
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Peter Kinder 40,412 63.73
Democratic Rick Althaus 22,999 36.27
1992 Election for Missouri’s 27th Senatorial District Seat
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Peter Kinder 37,047 55.41
Democratic Betty Hearnes 29,817 44.59

See also[edit]

Missouri gubernatorial election, 2012

References[edit]

  1. ^ "History of the Office of Lieutenant Governor". State of Missouri Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder. Retrieved August 19, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r "Biography of Peter Kinder". Office of the Lieutenant Governor. Retrieved August 19, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Glaser, Rachel (December 17, 2008). "Kinder: The Lone Republican". Missouri Digital News. Retrieved May 29, 2012. 
  4. ^ Griffin, Marshall (November 7, 2012). "Kinder Wins Third Term As Missouri Lt. Governor". St. Louis Public Radio. Retrieved August 20, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Peter Kinder". Columbia Missourian. Retrieved June 2, 2012. 
  6. ^ Schaper, Bob (October 2004). "Out-State Booster Is Good for Business". St. Louis Commerce Magazine. Retrieved June 2, 2012. His first job was as a 'gopher' for then-Missouri Attorney General John Danforth. 
  7. ^ "Eulogy For The Late Honorable Bill Emerson". Sunlight Foundation. June 27, 1996. Retrieved June 2, 2012. [Emerson's] campaign manager in 1980 was Peter Kinder 
  8. ^ Rust, Gary (August 26, 2011). "Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder". Southeast Missourian. Days after earning his law degree and passing the Missouri Bar exam in February, 1980, he plunged into managing the old 10th District congressional campaign. Republicans hadn't won a congressional race there since 1928, but that campaign upended a six-term incumbent, electing Bill Emerson. 
  9. ^ "Rush Remembers: Mary Frances Hunter Kinder". 2008-01-09. Retrieved 2014-04-05. 
  10. ^ "Office of Advocacy and Assistance for Seniors". ltgov.mo.gov. Retrieved May 29, 2012. 
  11. ^ Messenger, Tony (August 4, 2010). "Prop C passes overwhelmingly". stltoday.com. Retrieved May 29, 2012. 
  12. ^ a b c d Fenske, Sarah (August 9, 2011). "Penthouse Pet Dishes on Peter Kinder: 'He Was One of My Best Customers'". Riverfront Times. Retrieved May 2, 2012. 
  13. ^ a b c d Wagman, Jake (August 18, 2012). "Peter Kinder explains 'romantic attraction' at a strip club". stltoday.com. Retrieved June 2, 2012. 
  14. ^ Wagman, Jake (April 3, 2011). "Kinder spends time in St. Louis, courtesy of taxpayers". Stltoday.com. Retrieved April 10, 2012. 
  15. ^ a b c d Kelly, Brian (April 3, 2011). "Kinder Says Hotel Bills Legitimate, Audited". CBS St. Louis. Retrieved May 29, 2012. 
  16. ^ a b c d Mannies, Jo (April 26, 2011). "Kinder uses own money to repay state for hotel lodgings, blasts court ruling". St. Louis Beacon. Retrieved May 29, 2012. 
  17. ^ "Kinder to reimburse state for hotel costs". Columbia Missourian. Associated Press. April 9, 2011. Retrieved June 17, 2012. 

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Preceded by
Joe Maxwell
Lieutenant Governor of Missouri
2005–present
Incumbent