Mike Parson, R-Bolivar, became the 57th man to serve as Missouri governor after the resignation of Gov. Eric Greitens at 5 p.m. Friday evening.

Parson is no stranger to politics having served elected offices as sheriff of Polk County, state representative, state senator and Missouri lieutenant governor for the past 17 months.

“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,” Parson said in a statement released shortly after it was apparent he would be the next governor.

Both incoming Gov. Parson and outgoing Gov. Greitens were elected to their previous positions in November 2016 and were sworn in Jan. 9, 2017.

Between the time of the election and his swearing in, Parson underwent quintuple heart bypass surgery.

2016 Election

Statewide, Parson defeated three other opponents in his bid for lieutenant governor, garnering 52 percent (1,459,392) of the total votes.

His closest competitor was Democrat Russ Carnahan, who received 42 percent (1,168,947) of the votes.

The Green Party and Libertarian candidates received a combined 135,743 votes, or roughly 5 percent of the overall vote.

In Franklin County, Parson received 60 percent (60,094) of the total 50,864 votes cast in the November general election.

Carnahan received 16,768, or 33 percent.

In the Aug. 2, 2016, primary race, Parson defeated two Republican opponents, receiving 52 percent (9,700) of the total 25,183 ballots cast in Franklin County.

Parson was victorious in 110 of Missouri’s 114 counties, and received the most votes of any Lieutenant Governor in Missouri history.

Biography

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.

Parson also served as the sheriff of Polk County from 1993-2005. He served six years in the U.S. Army.

While in the Senate, 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 Second 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.

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.

He is a small business owner and is a third generation farmer who currently owns and operates a cow and calf operation near Bolivar.