Multi-Million Dollar Courthouse Opens

The ribbon was cut Tuesday on a $68 million federal courthouse in Jefferson City, named for former Missouri Governor and U.S. Senator Kit Bond.

By Marshall Griffin (Jefferson City, Mo.)

The new federal courthouse sits across the street from the old Missouri State prison grounds, and is part of a redevelopment plan in the capital city.  Bond says the new facility is sorely needed.

“It provides the security and the protection that judges and jurors and average citizens didn’t have in the old courthouse…I first practiced in the old courthouse some 42 years, (and) we needed a new courthouse then,” he said.

Bond served two non-consecutive terms as Missouri Governor in the 1970’s and 80’s, and served four terms in the U.S. Senate from 1987 through 2010.