Mike Parson grew up in Wheatland, MO, and enlisted in the U.S. Army after high school, serving for 6 years as a military policeman. After returning to civilian life, he became a small businessman, owning and operating a fuel station and repair shop before entering law enforcement.
Mike was sworn in as Missouri’s 57th Governor on June 1, 2018. He was elected as Missouri’s 47th Lieutenant Governor in 2016, winning by a margin of 290,445 votes and besting his Democrat opponent in 111 of Missouri’s 114 counties. Prior to his election, he served six years in the Missouri House and six years in the Missouri Senate, and before seeking state office he served as Sheriff of Polk County for twelve years.
Mike has developed a reputation as a strong conservative, working hard to protect the Second Amendment, defend the sanctity of life, and promote Missouri’s economy. He has been a tireless ally of President Trump, supporting tax reform, regulatory reform, and border security.
A Missouri native and third-generation farmer, Mike lives in Bolivar with his wife of 33 years, Teresa. They have two children and are members of First Baptist Church of Bolivar.