Former Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder of Missouri has been appointed Alternate Federal Co-Chairperson of the Delta Regional Authority, according to a White House press release.
Kinder was the only Republican to win statewide office in both 2008 and 2012. He was scheduled to come up for re-election to a possible fourth term as lieutenant governor in 2016. Instead, he ran for governor, but was defeated in the August 2 Republican primary election. (Eric Greitens defeated Kinder, businessman John Brunner, and former state House Speaker Catherine Hanaway.)
According to the Delta Regional Authority website, the authority works to improve regional economic opportunity by helping to create jobs, build communities, and improve the lives of the 10 million people who reside in the 252 counties and parishes of the eight-state Delta region.
The Delta Regional Authority Board comprises a federal co-chairman, appointed by the President and confirmed by the U.S. Senate, and the governors of the eight states-the Delta Regional Authority fosters local and regional partnerships that address economic and social challenges to ultimately strengthen the Delta economy and the quality of life for Delta residents.
Established in 2000 by Congress, the Delta Regional Authority makes strategic investments of federal appropriations into the physical and human infrastructure of Delta communities.
The 252 counties and parishes served by the Delta Regional Authority make up the most distressed area of the country. The time for action has arrived and the Delta Regional Authority is poised to work with local, state, and federal leaders to bring investment and opportunity back to the Delta region.
Kinder currently serves on the board of the Southeast Missouri Regional Port Authority.