JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri (PRESS RELEASE) Lieutenant Governor Mike Parson released the following statement Tuesday regarding Governor Greitens’ resignation:
Lieutenant Governor Mike Parson states, “With Governor Greitens’ decision to resign from office, he has put the best interests of our state and all Missourians at the forefront where they belong. This is a decision that will allow our state to heal and move forward from what has been a difficult time. This is an enormous responsibility serving as our state’s next governor, and I am ready to fulfill the duties of the office with honor and integrity, and with a steadfast commitment to making our great state even greater for the people we are entrusted to serve.”
Michael L. Parson was elected Missouri’s 47th Lieutenant Governor on November 8, 2016. He was victorious in 110 of Missouri’s 114 counties, and received the most votes of any Lieutenant Governor in Missouri history.
Lieutenant Governor Parson served the people of the 28th Senatorial District in the Missouri Senate from 2011-2017. He served in the Missouri House of Representatives from 2005-2011. Lieutenant Governor Parson also served as the Sheriff of Polk County from 1993-2005. He also served six years in the U.S. Army.
While in the Missouri Senate, Lieutenant Governor Parson chaired the Small Business, Insurance & Industry Committee and during his first two years served as Majority Whip. While serving in the House of Representatives, he was chair of the House Rules Committee. He sponsored and co-sponsored several landmark pieces of legislation including Missouri’s Castle Doctrine, which strengthened 2nd Amendment rights, and the Missouri Farming Rights Amendment, a piece of legislation that changed the Missouri Constitution to guarantee all Missourians the right to farm and ranch.
During Lieutenant Governor Parson’s first year as Lieutenant Governor, the Office of Lieutenant Governor launched the “Buy Missouri” initiative, spearheaded an investigation at the St. Louis Veterans Home, and has been a strong advocate for agriculture, veterans, seniors, and tourism. He also was inducted into the Missouri Farmers Care Hall of Fame, won the Missouri Grocers Association Capitol Impact Award, and named Ingram’s 50 Missourians You Should Know 2018 list.
Lieutenant Governor Parson resides in Bolivar with his wife Teresa. Together they have two grown children and five grandchildren. He was raised on a farm in Hickory County, and graduated from Wheatland High School in Wheatland, Missouri. He is a small business owner and is a third generation farmer who currently owns and operates a cow and calf operation near Bolivar.