Peter Kinder spent 12 years in the Missouri Senate before presiding over the state's upper chamber during the past four years as lieutenant governor. Kinder, who was born and raised in Cape Girardeau, began his political career volunteering for U.S. Sen. Jack Danforth in 1972 during Danforth's re-election campaign for Missouri attorney general. Kinder later managed the campaign of U.S. Rep. Bill Emerson, worked as an attorney and real estate representative for Drury Industries and was associate publisher of the Southeast Missourian in Cape Girardeau.
As the official advocate for seniors in the state, Kinder noted his role in increasing the budget for the state's senior meals program and providing more assistance for prescription drug coverage. He said a vote for him would result in a full-time lieutenant governor, one who is an advocate for veterans, economic development and education and is committed to tourism events such as the "Tour of Missouri" bike race, which he said attracted more than 350,000 spectators and pumped $26 million into the state's economy.