Mike Parson

57th Governor of Missouri

Hard work and a commitment to helping others have 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. Governor Parson has a strong background in public safety, having spent a 22-year career in law enforcement serving Missouri and our country. Governor Parson served two tours of duty in the United States Army as an MP, protecting our nation overseas. After returning home, he joined the Sheriff’s office and eventually was elected by his community to serve as Polk County Sheriff. A third-generation farmer, Governor Parson continues to own and operate a cow and calf operation near Bolivar, Missouri.

Missouri is moving forward under the leadership of Governor Parson. Prior to COVID-19, our state was experiencing a historic and booming economy. Unemployment was at a record low and wages were on the rise. Governor Parson signed the largest income-tax cut in Missouri history and knows that training our workforce is key to securing great jobs for all Missourians.

Now, Governor Parson is working hard to get Missouri back to work and lead our state through the greatest economic comeback that we’ve ever seen in Missouri history.

Our state’s future is bright, and Governor Parson works every day to make sure that Missouri stays on the right path so that our sons and daughters can live the American Dream.

Record as Governor

Missouri is moving forward under the leadership of Governor Parson.  His first year in office saw the state economy create over 35,000 new jobs.  Bunge, Bayer, Briggs & Stratton, CVS, Nucor Steel, Google and many other businesses 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-focused 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.