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Peter D. Kinder
May 12, 1954
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46th Lieutenant Governor of Missouri
Assumed office
January 10, 2005
Congressional staffer to U.S. Representative Bill Emerson
In office
1980 - 1983
Preceded by Joe Mexwell
Succeeded by TBD
Political party Republican
Profession Attorney
Website Office of the Lieutenant Governor of Missouri

Peter D. Kinder is a Republican politician from the State of Missouri. In 2004 he was elected lieutenant governor of the state. In that capacity he also serves as President of the Missouri State Senate.

Education and Early Career

Kinder was born and raised in Cape Girardeau and attended public schools there. He attended Southeast Missouri State University and the University of Missouri at 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.

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

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. Kinder was re-elected in 1996 and 2000. Kinder considered running for Missouri state auditor in 1998, attorney general in 2000, and governor in 2004, but ultimately passed each time. When the Republicans gained a majority in the Missouri Senate following a round of special elections in February 2001, Kinder became President Pro Tempore, the top official in the Missouri Senate. In 2004 he sought and won election as Missouri's Lieutenant Governor, defeating Democrat Bekki Cook. He became the second sitting President Pro Tempore to be elected Lieutenant Governor of Missouri.

Health care lawsuit

Lt. Governor Peter Kinder filed a lawsuit, with three other Missouri residents, challenging the federal health care law. The suit asserts concerns about violation of the U.S. Constitution, the Missouri Constitution, and creates unfunded mandates for the state. It contains eight counts. While many Republicans are backing the lawsuit politically, there may be some legal hurdles ahead for the suit. One analyst told Missouri Watchdog he expects at least half of the claims will be dismissed. [1]

Kinder filed a memorandum in opposition to the attempts by the federal government to dismiss his constitutional challenge. Kinder said the move by the U.S. Department of Justice to try and get his lawsuit in federal court dismissed is a "desperate ploy." [2]

Reaction to Cuccinnell's results

Kinder commended U.S. District Court Judge Henry Hudson in Virginia for his ruling that the mandate to buy health insurance — a key provision of the federal health care reform law — is unconstitutional.

“Today’s ruling is a victory not only for the people of the United States, but also for the freedoms we hold so dear,” Kinder said.

Judge Hudson found that the federal government could not force individuals to buy health insurance.

“Judge Hudson’s ruling confirms what many of us believed to be true nearly one year ago; that Congress overstepped their authority in mandating that every American purchase health insurance,” Kinder said.

Kinder said that the ruling boosts the efforts of 20 states that will bring similar legal arguments before another federal judge in Florida on Thursday.[3]


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