WASHINGTON D.C. – The U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly today to pass a bill to name a new federal courthouse in Jefferson City, Mo. in honor of former U.S. Senator Christopher (Kit) S. Bond (Mo.).

The bill – which was introduced in the U.S. Senate by U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) and cosponsored by U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill (Mo.) – passed the Senate unanimously in July 2011 and passed the House today by a vote of 407-2-2.

“I am so pleased that my colleagues in the House passed this bill today in honor of our colleague and one of Missouri’s great public servants, Kit Bond,” said Blunt. “I look forward to attending the courthouse dedication in Jefferson City next week as we celebrate Kit Bond’s service to our state and our nation.”

Bond is a sixth-generation Missourian who was elected State Auditor in 1970. Two years later, he became the 47th Governor of the State of Missouri.  Bond was elected to a second term before Missourians sent him to the U.S. Senate in 1986 and re-elected him three times.

As Senator, Bond was a long-time advocate of local, state, and federal law enforcement, and was instrumental in building new courthouses in St. Louis, Kansas City, and Cape Girardeau.