|57th Governor of Missouri|
|Assumed office |
June 1, 2018
|Preceded by||Eric Greitens|
|47th Lieutenant Governor of Missouri|
January 9, 2017 – June 1, 2018
|Preceded by||Peter Kinder|
|Succeeded by||Mike Kehoe|
|Member of the Missouri Senate|
from the 28th district
January 5, 2011 – January 4, 2017
|Preceded by||Delbert Scott|
|Succeeded by||Sandy Crawford|
|Member of the Missouri House of Representatives|
from the 133rd district
January 5, 2005 – January 5, 2011
|Preceded by||Ronnie Miller|
|Succeeded by||Sue Entlicher|
|Sheriff of Polk County|
|Preceded by||Charles Simmons|
|Succeeded by||Steven Bruce|
|Born||September 17, 1955|
Wheatland, Missouri, U.S.
|Branch/service||United States Army|
|Years of service||1975–1981|
Michael L. Parson (born September 17, 1955) is an American politician and former law enforcement officer who is the 57th Governor of Missouri, having taken office on June 1, 2018, after the resignation of Eric Greitens. Parson previously had been the 47th Lieutenant Governor of Missouri. Before that, he served as a Republican member of the Missouri House of Representatives from the 133rd district (2005–2011) and as a member of the Missouri Senate representing the 28th district (2011–2017). Parson was the Majority Caucus Whip in the Senate during the 96th General Assembly.
Early life, education, and work
In 1975 Parson spent six years in the U.S. Army, serving two tours in the Military Police working up to sergeant. He attended night classes at the University of Maryland and the University of Hawaii.
Following his military service, in 1981 Parson returned to Hickory County to serve as a deputy. In 1983 he transferred to the Polk County Sheriff's Office to become its first criminal investigator. He purchased his first gasoline station, "Mike's," in 1984. The following year he started a cow and calf operation, becoming a third-generation farmer. Parson served 12 years as Polk County sheriff before being elected to the Missouri House of Representatives in 2004.
Parson was first elected to the 133rd District in the Missouri House of Representatives in 2004. He was subsequently re-elected in 2006 and 2008. In 2007 Parson co-sponsored a bill to expand Castle doctrine rights.
In 2010, Parson was elected to his first term in the Missouri Senate.
He won re-election in 2014, running unopposed in both the primary and general election.
Notable committee assignments
|Small Business, Insurance and Industry||Vice chair||2011–2014|
|Agriculture, Food Production and Outdoor Resources||Vice chair||2011–2012|
|Governmental Accountability and Fiscal Oversight||Chair||2013–2014|
Lieutenant Governor of Missouri
Parson initially announced he would run for governor in 2016, but opted to run for lieutenant governor instead. After defeating two opponents in the Republican primaries, he faced Democratic former U.S. Representative Russ Carnahan, whom he defeated in the general election on November 8, 2016.
During his campaign, Parson was criticized by his former chief of staff for allegedly proposing legislation on behalf of a lobbyist and a $50,000 plan to employ a valet for his vehicle. Parson claimed his former staffer was a "disgruntled former employee".
Parson was sworn in along with Governor Eric Greitens on January 9, 2017. Noting that the Lieutenant Governor's office had not been upgraded in the past 12 years, Parson approved $54,000 in remodeling and renovation costs within his first two months.
In 2017 Parson sought a $125,000 increase to his $463,000 budget, which included $35,000 to reimburse him for travel mileage during state business. He also sought $10,000 for out-of-state travel. In 2018 he asked for an additional $25,000 to pay for a part-time personal driver but decreased his overall budget request to $541,000. In response to criticism, his office has routinely stated that his office and salary is the smallest of any statewide elected Missouri official.
In August 2017 multiple outlets reported that Parson was the only statewide elected official to accept gifts from a lobbyist. During his run for governor, Greitens called for a prohibition on lobbyist gifts. Parson's predecessor, Peter Kinder, also accepted gifts.
Following the allegations of improper care at the Missouri Veterans Home in St. Louis, which were first reported by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in October 2017, Parson's office immediately launched an investigation.
On February 22, 2018, Greitens was indicted on felony invasion of privacy charges. The indictment came a month after Greitens disclosed an extramarital affair, which only increased speculation that Parson could succeed Greitens should he step aside or be removed.
Low income housing tax credit industry
On December 19, 2017, Parson voted to keep a controversial $140 million state tax credit intended for developers of low-income housing. Governor Eric Greitens had appointed members to the Missouri Housing Development Commission that opposed the tax credit program. Greitens had publicly called the low-income housing tax credit (LIHTC) program, "a special interest scheme that makes insiders rich." Parson and then-state treasurer Eric Schmitt were the only members to vote in favor of keeping the tax credit. Prior to the commission's vote, Greitens had publicly opposed the tax credit, following a bi-partisan audit of the program that showed that only 42 cents of every dollar were being spent on low-income housing. Following Greitens resignation in 2018, Parson initially stated that as Governor, he had no plans to restart the tax credit. Since, Parson has appointed Lt. Governor Mike Kehoe, State Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick, and Attorney General Eric Schmitt, all members of the commission. In May 2019, Parson announced his intention to restart the low income housing tax credit program. Parson also announced that he was considering calling a legislative special session to restart the tax credit program. The Columbia Tribune published in 2017, "State Treasurer Eric Schmitt and Lt. Gov. Mike Parson, both Republicans, among the top 10 Republican recipients of developer contributions over the past 10 years."
Governor of Missouri
On May 29, 2018, Governor Eric Greitens announced that he would be resigning, effective at 5 p.m. on June 1, 2018. Parson was sworn in half an hour later as Governor of Missouri.
On June 18, 2018, Parson appointed fellow Republican Mike Kehoe, Missouri Senate Majority Leader, as Lieutenant Governor. The appointment came with legal uncertainty, as the Constitution of Missouri states that the governor can fill all vacancies "other than in the offices of lieutenant governor, state senator or representative, sheriff, or recorder of deeds in the city of St. Louis". However, Parson stated that he believed that the Constitution gave him authority to tap Kehoe as lieutenant governor. On June 19, 2018, the Missouri Democratic Party filed a lawsuit in an attempt to undo Kehoe's appointment. The Democrats lost their lawsuit in the Cole County Circuit Court due to a lack of standing and the vagueness of the state law which states it cannot be done but does not provide a process to fill the position. Oral arguments were heard on November 7, 2018. On April 16, 2019, the Missouri Supreme Court ruled that the appointment was legal.
Parson appointed Lynn Parman, Jay Wasson, and Christopher Waters to the Missouri State University board of governors. Aside from the appointment of Kehoe, Parson inherited the same administration as his predecessor Eric Greitens had left.
In December 2018, Parson proposed repealing a voter-approved constitutional amendment to establish nonpartisan redistricting of state House and Senate districts. The Associated Press estimated that a nonpartisan redrawing of districts would likely increase Democrats' share of state House and Senate seats. At the same time, Parson expressed support for making it harder to put issues up for ballot referendum.
On January 16, 2019, Parson delivered his first State of the State Address to a Joint Session of the 100th Missouri General Assembly, and his speech focused on two core priorities, workforce development and infrastructure.
In April 2019, Parson was given a Person of the Year award by the Missouri Association of Workforce Development for his related efforts across the state.
On May 24, 2019, Governor Parson signed bill HB 126, known as the Missouri Stands for the Unborn Act, criminalizing abortions in the state of Missouri after eight weeks of pregnancy. Under the law, any person who performs an abortion after eight weeks could be charged with a Class B felony punishable by 5 to 15 years in prison. The bill, passed in both General Assembly chambers the week before after debate and protest, does not have exceptions for victims of rape or incest, but does have an exclusion for cases of medical emergencies.
As of March 13, 2020, Parson had announced two cases of Coronavirus disease 2019 in Missouri, one in St. Louis, and one in Springfield. Both patients, he said, were in self-quarantine. Parson said his administration had received $13 million in federal aid to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, and that of every test taken for the virus, only those two had come back positive. Parson said there were no cases of the virus spreading in Missouri. On March 17, Governor Parson announced that, despite efforts to quarantine victims, Missouri had grown to 15 confirmed cases. Parson said that the state would soon expand to 10,000 tests per day by April 1, and would look into more protective measures for law enforcement and firefighters. Parson said that his declaration of a state of emergency in Missouri freed $7 million in funding to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite risks over the infectivity of the coronavirus, Parson left the decision to close schools up to school districts. Following similar actions by the Governor of Kansas, Parson announced that, effective 12:00 a.m. March 17, all casinos in Missouri would close. He made this announcement after consultation with the Chairman of the Missouri Gaming Commission. On March 21, Parson announced a new response plan to the coronavirus crisis, one precaution of which banned gatherings of more than 10 people in Missouri. The plan was set to move into effect at midnight on March 23 and end at midnight on April 6. The plan also banned dining in restaurants, preferring take-out and drive-thru.
For weeks, Parson resisted calls to issue a stay-at-home order. He ultimately issued one on April 3 to take effect three days later. The order was later extended to expire Sunday May 3, at 11:59pm, mirroring a similar extension by Kansas Governor Laura Kelly. Parson simultaneously issued a statewide order closing public schools until the beginning of the new school year in the fall. 
After filing to run for his first full term, in the 2020 gubernatorial election, Parson said when asked if he would plan to run for another term in 2024, "I don't see that in my future." Amidst rumors that Parson's predecessor, Eric Greitens, who resigned over multiple scandals in 2018, would attempt to run for Governor of Missouri once again in 2020, Parson's team said they "doubt" the former Governor would consider another gubernatorial run. The Chairman of Parson's political action committee released a poll to see whether voters would vote for Greitens or Parson in a Republican primary election. The chairman then said, "I don't expect [Greitens] to run."
|Constitution||Bennie B. Hatfield||9,213||16.3%|
- Unopposed for the 28th District seat in 2014
|Libertarian||Steven R. Hedrick||69,253||2.5%|
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