Michael L. Parson is currently serving as the current Missouri Governor. Prior to stepping into his current position in January of 2017, the American politician and former law enforcement officer served as a member of the Missouri Senate for six years. Parson is of the Republican party and also served in the Missouri House of Representatives for three terms during the years of 2004 to 2008. He additionally assumed the position of Majority Caucus Whip in the Senate.
Personal Life of Mike Parson, Missouri Lieutenant Governor
Parson was born on September 17, 1955 in Clinton, Missouri. He is currently 62 years old (Jan 2018). Parson was raised on a farm in Hickory County, Missouri as a child, a town with a population of less than 10,000 residents. In 1973, after graduating from Wheatland High School, Parson went on to serve in the United States Army for six years, marking the start of his career in law enforcement. Parson also went on to receive his levels of higher education from both the University of Maryland and University of Hawaii.
Parson is married to Teresa Parson.
Career of Mike Parson
After his time in the army and after receiving his education, Parson went on to serve as the sheriff of Polk County for twelve years, taking over for Charles Simmons after he left the force. Polk County, located in the southwestern part of the state of Missouri, has a population of a little over 30,000 residents. It is named after Ezekiel Polk, an American soldier and pioneer, and was founded in 1835.
With twelve years under his belt, Parson left the force in Polk County to serve as Missouri House of Representatives when elected in 2004. Succeeding Parson in Polk County as sheriff was Steven Bruce. Parson served three terms in the Missouri House of Representatives, being reelected in both 2006 and 2008.
In 2010, two years after serving his last term in the Missouri House of Representatives, Parson joined the race to become to be elected onto the Missouri Senate. It was a difficult journey alongside fellow Republican state representatives Ed Emery and Larry Wilson but, in November of 2010, Parson officially defeated Constitution Party candidate Bennie Hatfeild and was elected into the Senate. In his new position, Parson was representing the 28th district from years 2011 to 2017. During this time, he served as Vice-Chairman of Agriculture, Food Production & Outdoor Resources, Vice-Chairman of Small Business, Insurance & Industry and a Member of Commerce, Consumer Protection, Energy & The Environment.
In 2016, Parson ran to be elected Lieutenant Governor of Missouri. His competitors for the position were Democrat Russ Carnahan, Libertarian Steven R. Hedrick, and Green Party candidate Jennifer Leach. In November of 2016, Parson won the election was 1,495,392 votes, 52.9% of the total votes. Carnahan received 42.3% of the votes with 1,168,947, Hedrick received 2.5% with 69,253 votes, and Leach received 2.4% with 66,490 votes.
On January 9, 2017, Parson was sworn into his position as Lieutenant Governor of Missouri along with Missouri Governor Eric Greitens.