Kit Bond Chairman & Partner
Over the course of 40 years of distinguished public service, Christopher S. “Kit” Bond has earned a reputation as a skilled statesman able to build coalitions and effectively work across party lines to achieve results. Prior to his election to the United States Senate in 1985, Bond served
as Missouri state auditor and two terms as Missouri’s governor.
An early leader in efforts to expand economic opportunities for American companies and institutions globally, Bond has traveled extensively in East and Southeast Asia, building relationships with leaders across the region. Having earned the nickname “the Senator from ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations),” Bond was dubbed “the stalwart engager in the region” by one U.S. Ambassador.
An expert in Southeast Asia, Bond co-authored The Next Front: Southeast Asia and the Road to Global Peace with Islam, which outlines the importance of increased American engagement in the region.
Bond currently serves on a task force for the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) US ASEAN Strategy Commission.
As vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, and a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Bond was known for his efforts to reform our intelligence community, support for a strong and well-equipped U.S. military, and improved care for veterans. He has been recognized as a leading advocate in the promotion of plant biotechnology to meet the growing global demand for nutrition and food, and is a board member of the world-renowned Donald Danforth Plant Science Center.
A sixth generation Missourian, Bond was born in St. Louis and grew up in Mexico, Mo. He graduated cum laude from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University and received a law degree from the University of Virginia, where he graduated first in his class. He is married to Linda Bond, a native of north Kansas City. Bond’s son, Sam, served as a first lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps and is married to Margaret Crews. Sam and Margaret currently live and work in
Atlanta, Georgia and have two children.