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Peter D. Kinder
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Lieutenant Governor of Missouri
In office
January 10, 2005 - Present
Term ends
Years in position 10
PredecessorJoe Maxwell (D)
Base salary$86,484
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2004
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Missouri State Senate
J.D.St. Mary's University, Texas (1979)
Date of birthMay 12, 1954
Place of birthCape Girardeau, Missouri
ReligionUnited Methodist Church
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website

Peter D. Kinder is the current Republican Lieutenant Governor of Missouri. In that capacity he also serves as President of the Missouri State Senate. He was first elected to the statewide office in 2004, and won re-election to a third term on November 6, 2012.[1]


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.


  • JD, Saint Mary's University, School of Law, Texas, 1979

Political career

Lieutenant Governor (2004-Present)

In 2004, Kinder 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, and was re-elected in 2008 and 2012.

Health care lawsuit

In July 2010, Lt. Governor Peter Kinder filed a lawsuit, with three other Missouri residents, challenging the federal health care law. The suit asserted concerns about violation of the U.S. Constitution, the Missouri Constitution, and creates unfunded mandates for the state. It contained eight counts. While many Republicans backed the lawsuit politically, there looked to be legal hurdles for the suit. One analyst told Missouri Watchdog he expected at least half of the claims would be dismissed. [2]

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 was a "desperate ploy." [3]

Reaction to Cuccinelli'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 — was 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. He said that the ruling boosted the efforts of 20 states that would soon after bring similar legal arguments before another federal judge in Florida.[4]

Errors in time records

A audit report in December 2010 claimed that staff members in Kinder's office failed to verify the mathematical accuracy of time sheets. They also did not get independent approval of purchase transactions. The information was not verified when time sheets were approved, according to the audit report released by Missouri Auditor Susan Montee. In one instance, auditors uncovered 32 hours of used compensatory time that was added to the balance instead of subtracted, resulting in an overstatement of 64 hours.

For one employee, the time sheet sick leave balance was 10 hours greater than the balance on SAM II, the state’s integrated financial, human resources and payroll system. “To help ensure mathematical accuracy, the office should consider an electronic time sheet which calculates the ending balance for leave and compensatory time,” according to the late 2010 audit report. “In addition, leave slips should be reconciled to time sheets, and time sheet leave balances should be reconciled to SAM II balances on a periodic basis.”[5]

Missouri State Senate (1992-2004)

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. He considered running for 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.



See also: Missouri's 8th congressional district special election, 2013

Kinder was a potential candidate in the 2013 special election for the U.S. House, representing Missouri's 8th District. The election is being held to replace Jo Ann Emerson. The general election date has been set for June 4th.[6]

There was no primary election, instead each party's nomination were chosen by a committee. Kinder wrote a letter stating the following to the committee members: "I have always been a team player. Numerous times, I have put our party above personal ambition. I spent countless years taking and building a Republican majority in both the Senate and the House. I have bowed out of races when I felt it would divide the party or undermine our chances to win. We need a congressman committed to ensure conservative Republicans represent every corner of this district in the state House and state Senate."[7] Jason T. Smith was selected by the GOP to be their nominee in the general election.[8][9]


See also: Missouri lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2012

Kinder was considered to be the Republican frontrunner for governor in 2012, but, following a controversy where he was photographed with an ex-stripper in a bar, announced he would not be running. Kinder instead sought re-election as Lieutenant Governor.[10] He narrowly defeated Brad Lager in the Republican primary on August 7th and defeated Susan Montee (D), Matthew Copple (L) and Constitution Party candidate Cynthia Davis in the general election on November 6, 2012.[11]

  • Primary
Missouri Lieutenant Governor Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngPeter Kinder Incumbent 43.8% 255,064
Brad Lager 41.2% 239,735
Mike Carter 8.2% 47,515
Charles W. Kullmann 6.9% 39,940
Total Votes 582,254
Election Results via Missouri Secretary of State.



On November 4, 2008, Kinder narrowly won re-election as Lieutenant Governor.[13]

Lieutenant Governor of Missouri, 2008
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPeter Kinder Incumbent 49.9% 1,403,706
     Democratic Sam Page 47.3% 1,331,177
     Libertarian Teddy Fleck 1.8% 49,862
     Constitution James C. Rensing 1% 29,153
Total Votes 2,813,898

Campaign donors

Kinder won re-election to the position of Lieutenant Governor in 2012. During that election cycle, Kinder raised a total of $3,851,759.

Ballotpedia collects information on campaign donors for each year in which a candidate or incumbent is running for election. The following table offers a breakdown of Peter Kinder's donors each year.[14] Click [show] for more information.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Joe Maxwell (D)
Lieutenant Governor of Missouri
2005 - present
Succeeded by