Mike Parson

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Mike Parson
Mike Parson Missouri Politician.jpg
47th Lieutenant Governor of Missouri
Assumed office
January 9, 2017
Governor Eric Greitens
Preceded by Peter Kinder
Member of the Missouri Senate
from the 28th district
In office
January 5, 2011 – January 4, 2017
Preceded by Delbert Scott
Succeeded by Vacant
Member of the Missouri House of Representatives
from the 133rd district
In office
January 2005 – January 5, 2011
Preceded by Ronnie Miller
Succeeded by Sue Entlicher
Personal details
Born (1955-09-17) September 17, 1955 (age 61)
Clinton, Missouri, U.S.
Political party Republican
Education University of Maryland, College Park
University of Hawaii, Manoa
Website Government website

Michael L. "Mike" Parson (born September 17, 1955) is an American politician and former law enforcement officer who serves as the 47th and current Lieutenant Governor of Missouri. He is also a second-term Republican member of the Missouri Senate representing the 28th district. Previously, Parson served three terms in the Missouri House of Representatives from the 133rd District (2004–2010). Parson served as the Majority Caucus Whip in the Senate during the 96th General Assembly.[1]

Personal history[edit]

Mike Parson was born in Clinton, Missouri and raised on a farm in Hickory County. Following graduation from Wheatland (Missouri) High School in 1973 Parson served six years in the US Army.[2] He received higher education at the University of Maryland and University of Hawaii. A third generation Missouri family farmer, Parson owns and operates a cow-calf operation near Bolivar when not busy with his legislative duties. Parson and wife Teresa have two grown children and five grandchildren.

Political history[edit]

Parson served twelve years as Polk County sheriff before first being elected to the Missouri House of Representatives in 2004. He was subsequently reelected in 2006 and 2008. In 2010 Parson survived a tough primary campaign against two fellow Republican state representatives, Ed Emery and Larry Wilson. In the November general election he defeated Constitution Party candidate Bennie Hatfield to win his first term in the Missouri Senate.[3]

Missouri 28th District State Senator Republican Primary 2010
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Mike Parson 14,518 47.4% Winner
Republican Larry Wilson 9,590 31.3%
Republican Ed Emery 6,533 21.3%
Missouri 28th District State Senator General Election 2010
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Mike Parson 47,380 83.7% Winner
Constitution Bennie B. Hatfield 9,213 16.3%
  • No Democratic candidate ran for the 28th District seat.

Committee assignments: Sen. Parson will serve on the following committees during the 96th General Assembly:

  • Vice-Chairman - Agriculture, Food Production & Outdoor Resources.
  • Vice-Chairman - Small Business, Insurance & Industry.
  • Member - Commerce, Consumer Protection, Energy & The Environment.

References[edit]

Political offices
Preceded by
Peter Kinder
Lieutenant Governor of Missouri
2017–present
Incumbent