NEWS: Peter Dickson Kinder of Missouri is named DRA Alternate Federal Co-Chairman

August 11, 2017

Former Missouri lieutenant governor appointed by President Trump

MISSISSIPPI RIVER DELTA REGION – President Donald J. Trump has appointed Peter Dickson Kinder of Cape Girardeau as the Alternate Federal Co-Chairman of the Delta Regional Authority (DRA). Since 2004, Kinder has served as Missouri Lt. Governor, and was the only Republican to win statewide office in both 2008 and 2012. Kinder also served as acting Governor of Missouri for 105 days. Previously, Kinder served three terms in the Missouri Senate from 1993 to 2005.

“It is a great honor to be named alternate federal co-chairman of DRA, which makes important contributions to the growth and economic development of the eight states and 10 million residents served by the agency,” Kinder said. “I am proud of this opportunity to continue DRA’s work in supporting job creation, building communities and improving lives.”

In 2001, Kinder led his party to the majority, becoming the first Republican to serve as President Pro Tem in 53 years. Kinder has also served on Capitol Hill, 1981-1982; as a real estate attorney with Drury Industries, Inc., 1983-1987; and in newspaper publishing with the Southeast Missourian/Rust Communications, 1987-2005. Currently, Kinder serves on the board of the Southeast Missouri Regional Port Authority. He is an eighth generation Southeast Missouri native, and was admitted to the Missouri Bar in 1980. He has a bachelor’s degree from Southeast Missouri State University and a J.D. from St. Mary’s University.

Established in 2000 by Congress, DRA makes strategic investments of federal appropriations into the physical and human infrastructure of Delta communities located in the 252 counties and parishes of the eight-state region. More specifically, the agency works to improve regional economic opportunity through investments in basic public infrastructure, transportation improvements, job-training and education, and business development and entrepreneurship. Additionally, DRA programs help facilitate local capacity building, support leadership development, and promote the cultural and tourism economies to enhance the overall competitiveness of the region.   


About the Delta Regional Authority

The Delta Regional Authority is a federal-state partnership created by Congress in 2000 to help create jobs, build communities, and improve lives through strategic investments in economic development in 252 counties and parishes across eight states. To date, the DRA’s SEDAP investments, together with its state and local partners, have leveraged nearly $3.5 billion in public and private investment into local small business owners, entrepreneurs, workers, and infrastructure development projects. These investments have helped create or retain more than 37,000 jobs and provided water and sewer service to more than 66,000 residents since DRA was established. Learn more at


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