Kit Bond went to the U.S. Senate in 1986, winning with 53 percent to 47 percent for Democratic Lt. Gov. Harriett Woods.
In 1992, Bond defeated Geri Rothman-Serot, a member of the St. Louis City Council, 52 percent to 45 percent. He was the only Republican to win statewide election that year.
He won re-election in 1998, defeating Democratic Attorney General Jay Nixon, 53 percent to 44 percent.
Bond won races for state auditor in 1970 and governor of Missouri in 1972 and 1980.