Missouri’s Governor Mike Parson, speaks to reporters after being sworn in as Missouri's 57th Governor, in Jefferson City, Missouri on June 1, 2018.

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Gov. Parson Wraps Up 'Listening Tour' at Cortex

June 14, 2018 - 9:53 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Missouri's new governor made his first stop in St. Louis since taking over from Eric Greitens.

Mike Parson and his wife Teresa wrapped up their 2-day, statewide swing meeting with business and community leaders with a visit to CORTEX.

There he met with nearly a hundred representatives from three leadership groups, corporate and educational, community advocacy and the start-up community.

One of the questions that came up had to do with who will succeed Parson as Lieutenant Governor.

“We’re looking into the possibilities of how we’re going to have a lieutenant governor’s race. I’m pretty open about that, I think it’s an important position for the state to have. We’ve seen what happened in the last 11 days, we never know what’s going to happen tomorrow,” he says.

He didn't shut the door on the possibility of holding a special session to appoint his replacement as the number-2 position in state government.

He also talked about his priorities for state government.

“We have to do something about infrastructure in the state of Missouri. That’s something that we just can’t keep avoiding, keep making excuses for because if you want the companies to be here, if you want the development, if we want to move forward, we have to do something about infrastructure,” he says.

He pointed to workforce development as another major goal for his administration.