Eric Greitens

56th Missouri Governor, Eric Greitens

ERIC GREITENS – Eric Robert Greitens is a politician, author, former NAVY SEAL, and is currently the 56th Governor of Missouri.  Greitens is the second youngest Governor in the United States.  He took office in January 2017.

Born April 10, 1974, the son of Rob and Becky Greitens and raised in St. Louis.  Greitens graduated from Parkway North High School with a scholarship.  He attended Duke University.

Additionally, after attending the University of Oxford as a Rhodes scholar and earning a Ph.D., Greitens later became a U.S. Navy SEAL officer.  Greitens served four (4) tours of duty across the globe, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Commander.  He commanded an Al-Qaeda targeting cell that awarded Greitens a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart.

While attending college, Greitens participated in humanitarian missions overseas, working with refugee and orphan children in Croatia and Bosnia, with Rwandan children and families who survived the genocide, and with children of the street in Bolivia.

Greitens Military Service detail:

Service: US Navy – attended Naval Officer Candidate School in January 2001, began Basic Underwater Demolition, and graduated with Class 247 in Coronado, California, February 2001.

Both grandfathers of Greitens served in the military during WWII inspiring him to do his country.

Years of Service: 2001 to 2017

Rank: Lieutenant Commander

Commands: Joint Special Operations Task Unit – Mark V Special Operations Craft Detachment – Al Qaeda Targeting Cell

Awards: Bronze Star – Purple Heart – Joint Service Commendation Medal – Navy Commendation Medal – Navy Commendation Medal – Joint Service Achievement Medal – Combat Action Ribbon – Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal

After his successful military career, Greitens organized The Mission Continues, a non-profit organization dedicated to serving veterans, which he managed until 2014.

Time Magazine included Greitens in their list of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2013.

Greitens was previously a Democrat but announced his candidacy for Missouri governor as a Republican.

Greitens White House Fellowship

President Bush appointed him in 2005 to serve as a White House Fellow.  Greitens worked in the Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), creating a new program to assist with the revitalization/rebuilding of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.  The program was called the Universities Rebuilding America Partnership (URAP).  It was a $5.6 million project designed to engage architecture and engineering students to participate in the rebuilding of New Orleans.

Additionally, during his White House Fellowship, Greitens co-founded the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll Program.

The Mission Continues

After returning from his tours in Iraq Greitens used his combat pay and the disability pay of two friends to start The Mission Continues.  The objective of The Mission Continues is to “challenge veterans to serve and lead in communities across the country.

The Mission Continues won the CLASSY Award in 2014, recognized for its effectiveness in active duty and veteran services.  He stepped down as CEO, July 2014 and resigned from the board of directors in 2015.


Publications (links to

  • Greitens, Eric (2008).  Strength & Compassion: Photographs and Essays.  Leading Authorities Press – ISBN 978-0971007802.
  • Greitens, Eric (2011).  The Heart and the Fist: The Education of a Humanitarian, the Making of a Navy SEAL.  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.  ISBN – 978-0547424859.
  • Greitens, Eric (2012).  The Warrior’s Heart: Becoming a Man of Compassion and Courage. HMH Books for Young Readers.  ISBN 978-0547868523.
  • Greitens, Eric (2015).  Resilience: Hard-Won Wisdom for Living a Better Life.  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.  ISBN 978-0544323988.
  • Author Page

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Missouri Governor

Greitens announced his candidacy for Governor of Missouri on September 26, 2015, as a Republican.

Wining the August 2 Republican primary with 236,250 votes, defeating John Brunner’s 169,425, Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder’s 141,498, and former Speaker Catherine Hanaway’s 136,350.  Greitens faced Chris Koster in the general election on November 8, 2016, and won with 51.3% of the vote to Koster’s 45.4%


Taking office as Missouri’s Governor on January 9, 2017, Greitens first executive orders banning employees in the executive branch from accepting gifts from lobbyists and freezing all new regulations through February 2017.  Greitens remained opposed to accepting the federal Medicaid expansion in Missouri.  Governors website.

Governor Greitens signed a bill on February 6, 2017, making Missouri the 28th right-to-work state.

To date, on August 2, 2017, Greitens has executed 22 Executive Orders.

They are as follows:

01/09/2017 – Executive Order 17-02
01/10/2017 – Executive Order 17-03
01/11/2017 – Executive Order 17-04
01/11/2017 – Executive Order 17-05
01/12/2017 – Executive Order 17-06
01/25/2017 – Executive Order 17-07
03/07/2017 – Executive Order 17-08
03/13/2017 – Executive Order 17-09
04/07/2017 – Executive Order 17-10
04/11/2017 – Executive Order 17-11
04/28/2017 – Executive Order 17-12
04/30/2017 – Executive Order 17-13
05/04/2017 – Executive Order 17-14
05/08/2017 – Executive Order 17-15
05/12/2017 – Executive Order 17-16
05/18/2017 – Proclamation
06/07/2017 – Proclamation
06/28/2017 – Executive Order 17-17
07/05/2017 – Special Message
07/06/2017 – Proclamation
07/17/2017 – Executive Order 17-18
07/18/2017 – Executive Order 17-19
07/22/2017 – Executive Order 17-20
09/14/2017 – Executive Order 17-21
09/20/2017 – Executive Order 17-22

Updated December 8, 2017

11/01/2017 – Executive Order 17-23
11/17/2017 – Executive Order 17-24

Personal Life of Greitens

First Lady Sheena Elise Chestnut and Eric Greitens were married on August 7, 2011, in Spokane, WA.  They have two sons, Joshua and Jacob.  However, regrettably, they have divorced.

Resignation of Eric Greitens

Eric Greitens announced his resignation on May 29, 2019.

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