Senator Peter Kinder
Born and raised in Cape Girardeau. Attended Cape Girardeau Public Schools; Southeast Missouri State University; and University of Missouri-Columbia. Graduated St. Mary's University School of Law, San Antonio, Texas in 1979, and was admitted to the Missouri Bar in 1980. Also in 1980, managed Bill Emerson's first campaign for congress. After serving three years with Congressman Emerson, he worked for Drury Industries as a staff attorney and real estate representative. In 1987, became Associate Publisher of the Southeast Missourian newspaper and is currently the Assistant to the President of the newspaper.
Elected to the Missouri Senate in 1992. Currently sits on five Senatorial Committees, four Joint Committees and the Commission on Local Government.
A member of the LaCroix Methodist Church, Beta Theta Pi social fraternity, Missouri Farm Bureau, Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce, and the Lion's Club. Active in many civic causes, including extensive work with the Southeast Missouri Port Authority, United Way, the Nature Conservancy, the American Cancer Society, and the Boys Scouts of American.