Mike Parson

Michael Lynn Parson (born September 17, 1955) is an American politician serving as the 57th governor of Missouri since 2018. A member of the Republican Party, Parson served in the Missouri House of Representatives from 2005 to 2011 and in the Missouri Senate from 2011 to 2017. He served as the 47th lieutenant governor of Missouri under Eric Greitens from 2017 to 2018. He was sworn in as governor on June 1, 2018, upon Greitens's resignation; he served the remainder of Greitens's term and was elected governor in his own right in 2020.

Mike Parson
Official portrait, 2017
57th Governor of Missouri
Assumed office
June 1, 2018
LieutenantMike Kehoe
Preceded byEric Greitens
47th Lieutenant Governor of Missouri
In office
January 9, 2017  June 1, 2018
GovernorEric Greitens
Preceded byPeter Kinder
Succeeded byMike Kehoe
Member of the Missouri Senate
from the 28th district
In office
January 5, 2011  January 4, 2017
Preceded byDelbert Scott
Succeeded bySandy Crawford
Member of the Missouri House of Representatives
from the 133rd district
In office
January 5, 2005  January 5, 2011
Preceded byRonnie Miller
Succeeded bySue Entlicher
Sheriff of Polk County
In office
1993–2004
Preceded byCharles Simmons
Succeeded bySteven Bruce
Personal details
Born
Michael Lynn Parson

(1955-09-17) September 17, 1955 (age 67)
Wheatland, Missouri, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse
Teresa Parson
(m. 1985)
Children2
ResidenceMissouri Governor's Mansion
WebsiteGovernment website
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service
Years of service1975–1981
Rank Sergeant

Parson was the sheriff of Polk County from 1993 to 2004. He was a member of the Missouri legislature, serving in the House from 2005 to 2011 and the Senate from 2011 to 2017. In 2016, he ran for lieutenant governor alongside Greitens. They won the election, and Parson was sworn in on January 9, 2017. In 2018, Greitens was federally indicted on (later withdrawn) charges of invasion of privacy; he resigned on June 1 amid legislative impeachment proceedings, at which time Parson became governor.

As governor, Parson signed a bill criminalizing abortion after eight weeks of pregnancy and opposed Medicaid expansion. He oversaw the state's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, issuing a temporary stay-at-home order in April 2020 but allowing schools districts to decide whether to close. Parson placed restrictions on mail-in voting during the 2020 U.S. elections, and oversaw Missouri's reaction to the George Floyd protests.


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