Bob Filner Morning headlines: Bond joins private sector, STL county to replace sirens, Carnahan and Filner to visit VA, Mountain lion sighting confirmed By Julie Bierach • Jan 4, 2011 Former U.S. Senator Kit Bond has joined the private sector. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Bond started Monday with St. Louis-based law firm Thompson Coburn. Bond did not seek re-election in November while finishing his fourth term in the Senate. His seat was captured by fellow Republican Roy Blunt, who has yet to be sworn in.