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What You Need To Know About Missouri Lt. Gov. Mike Parson

The state constitution says the lieutenant governor takes over if the governor leaves office.

May 29, 2018 - 3:39 pm
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KMOX) - Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens announced his resignation Tuesday afternoon.

The state constitution says the lieutenant governor takes over if the governor leaves office. 

Missouri Lt. Gov. Mike Parson had said he will be ready to step up if needed.

Lt. Gov. Parson was elected as Missouri’s 47th lieutenant governor on Nov. 8, 2016. Missouri's governor and lieutenant governor are elected separately.

Parson earlier had released the following statement regarding the House investigation of Greitens:

“With the recent events that have distracted our great state, I want to say with all sincerity that it is time to unite and put aside our differences. Over the course of several months, it has been a trying time for many people. My heart goes out to the families involved. However, all Missourians must continue to stay focused on the task at hand – moving Missouri forward. We owe it to ourselves and generations to come.”

Parson served in the Missouri Senate from 2011 to 2017. Before that, he served in the state House of Representatives from 2005 to 2011.

Parson was the Sheriff of Polk County from 1993 to 2005, and he also served in the U.S. Army for six years.