With Seventh District Congressman Roy Blunt considering a run at the U. S. Senate position currently held by retiring Kit Bond, one of the names mentioned prominently for Blunt's Congressional seat is Sen. Gary Nodler, R-Joplin.
Nodler was defeated by Blunt for that position in 1996.
In Nodler's latest report to constituents, he does not say he is running for Congress if Blunt decides to go for the promotion, but Nodler says he will keep an eye on Washington:
While our new president has yet to prove his long term leadership skills in order to accomplish the goals he has set forth, Missouri will soon be losing one of our most solid leaders. U.S. Senator Christopher S. Bond recently announced that he will not be running for reelection in 2010. Sen. Bond is a sixth generation Missourian, who was born in St. Louis and grew up in Mexico, MO. His career of service to our state included time as the Assistant Attorney General, State Auditor, and Governor of the state of Missouri — the youngest Governor the state has ever had. In 1986, he was elected to the United States Senate for the first of four six-year terms.
During his more than 20 years of service in the U.S. Senate, Sen. Bond has protected and advanced Missouri’s interests and served as a national leader. The state of Missouri owes him a debt of gratitude, and I would like to personally offer my thanks for his efforts to strengthen and serve our state. I am grateful that Sen. Bond will be there for the next two years to continue to offer steady leadership to our state and nation during these critical times.
Over the next several months, our state is sure to be affected by the many changes to be made by the federal government. I will continue to keep a close watch on the events in Washington D.C. while continuing my work to meet the most pressing
needs of our state.