Hard work and a commitment to helping others has been the driving force for Governor Michael L. Parson’s public service. Sworn in as Missouri’s 57th Governor on June 1, 2018, Governor Parson pledged to move Missouri forward with common sense, trust, honor and integrity.
Raised on a small farm in Hickory County, it was here that Governor Parson first learned the value of hard work, being a good neighbor and being a good steward of the land. A third generation farmer, Governor Parson continues to own and operate a cow and calf operation near Bolivar.
After graduating from Wheatland High School, Governor Parson joined the United States Army and served as a member of the Military Police. Serving his country in uniform deepened his respect for our values; our freedoms; and the military men and women who have served, and currently are serving, this great country.
After six years in the Army, Governor Parson took the skills and work ethic taught by the Army and went into business for himself. He returned home start his own small business, to find ways to serve his community, and support his family.
While running a local service station, he also put the skills he acquired in the Military Police to work for his community. Governor Parson served 22 years in law enforcement and ultimately was elected by his neighbors to serve as Polk County Sheriff.
Governor Parson served in the Missouri House of Representatives from 2005-2011 and in the Missouri Senate from 2011-2017. During his time in the Missouri legislature he worked on several landmark public policy issues including Missouri’s Castle Doctrine and the Missouri Farming Rights Amendment, legislation that changed the Missouri Constitution to guarantee all Missourians the right to farm and ranch.
Previously, Governor Parson served as the 47th Lieutenant Governor of Missouri, elected with the most votes of any Lieutenant Governor in Missouri history. Governor Parson and First Lady Teresa Parson live in Bolivar. Together they have two grown children and six grandchildren.
Missouri is moving forward under the leadership of Governor Parson. His first year in office has seen the state economy create over 35,000 new jobs. Bunge, Bayer, Briggs & Stratton, CVS, Nucor Steel, Google and others are investing in Missouri and creating new opportunities for Missourians.
With record lows in unemployment, more people are going back to work in Missouri. Wages are on the rise. And Missouri was named the top small business wage growth state in the nation. More Missourians are keeping their hard-earned money because the legislature passed and Governor Parson signed the largest income tax cut in Missouri history.
From Day One, Governor Parson has been laser-forced on workforce development and infrastructure. The governor knows an educated workforce is key to moving Missouri forward and is focused on ensuring Missouri workers have the skills to compete for jobs in the modern global economy.
Governor Parson spearheaded a bold plan, that when fully implemented will address over $1 Billion of Missouri’s serious infrastructure needs, all in need of critical need of repair or replacement. By improving Missouri’s infrastructure, Governor Parson’s policies are helping increase access to transporting goods throughout Missouri. Leveraging the state’s rivers, interstates, highways and airports, Missouri will be able to expand into new trade markets around the United States and the world.
Governor Parson has received several honors and awards while in office. In 2017, he was inducted into the Missouri Farmers Care Hall of Fame. In 2018, he was awarded the Missouri Times Statesman of the Year, named Biz 417 Person of the Year and named on Ingram’s 50 Missourians You Should Know list.