Court House Dedicated to Former Senator Kit Bond

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JEFFERSON CITY - Politicians and judges gathered Tuesday to dedicate a new federal court house to former U.S. Senator Christopher S. Bond.

Crews finished the court house ahead of schedule and under budget, saving roughly 3 percent of the estimated $71 million dollar cost. Judges began trying cases in the new court house at the end of August.

The new court house sits on a bluff overlooking both the Missouri River and the Missouri Capitol building. The 118,294 square foot building is located on eight acres of land from an old prison site.  The building is designed to stand for at least 100 years.

Bond says the building was necessary to handle a growing case load. The court house also has updated safety and security features. Judge Nanette Laughrey says improvements include no longer having to share an elevator with a plaintiff's family, a separate room for jury members, and a functioning heating and air conditioning system.

Senator Roy Blunt sponsored legislation in the U.S. Congress to name the building after Bond. Bond has been elected to public office seven times, the most of any elected official in the history of Missouri. He was also the youngest elected governor in the state, and served almost 25 years in the U.S. Senate.