Missouri gets new leader after scandal-plagued governor resigns

Missouri Gov. Michael Parson (Credit: Office of Lieutenant Governor)

Now that Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens has resigned, he is being succeeded by Lt. Gov. Mike Parson.

Parson, a Republican, was elected Lt. Governor in 2016. He previously held several elected offices, including state senator from the 28th district from 2011-2017.

Parson was previously a state representative and the Polk County Sheriff.

He is a farmer who lives in Bolivar in southwest Missouri.

The last Missouri Lt. Gov. to succeed a governor without being elected to the higher office was Roger Wilson, who served the last few months of Mel Carnahan’s term in 2000 after Carnahan was killed in plane crash.

Parson released the following statement about Greitens' resignation:With Governor Greitens’ decision to resign from office, he has put the best interests of our state and all Missourians at the forefront where they belong. This is a decision that will allow our state to heal and move forward from what has been a difficult time. This is an enormous responsibility serving as our state’s next governor, and I am ready to fulfill the duties of the office with honor and integrity, and with a steadfast commitment to making our great state even greater for the people we are entrusted to serve.Copyright 2018 KMOV (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved

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