Jobs Across America (JAG) students with Missouri Governor and First Lady Parson in front of the Missouri Governor's Mansion.



Today, Governor Mike Parson announced that Lieutenant Governor Mike Kehoe will serve as Missouri's Acting Governor while he leads a trade mission delegation to Italy. Lieutenant Governor Kehoe will serve in the Acting Governor capacity from May 18 - June 4, 2024.

"Each time we've been overseas, Lt. Governor Kehoe has always dutifully answered the call to ensure state government continues operating efficiently and effectively," Governor Parson said. "We know Lt. Governor Kehoe offers a steady hand of leadership that Missourians can count on."

From May 18 - 25, Governor Mike Parson and First Lady Teresa Parson will travel to Italy for an international Trade Mission. Italy is a top source of foreign direct investment and a key trade partner for Missouri, with more than $169 million in exports in 2023.

Today, during a signing ceremony at Ozark Empire Fairgrounds in Springfield, Governor Mike Parson signed House Bill 1803 into law. HB 1803 increases the total amount of state funds the State Treasurer may invest into the MOBUCK$ program from $800 million to $1.2 billion annually. Governor Parson was joined by State Treasurer Vivek Malek, representatives from Missouri's agriculture advocacy groups, and members of the Missouri Bankers Association as he signed the bill into law.

Today, during a signing ceremony at the State Capitol, Governor Mike Parson signed HB 2634 into law. While public funds are already prohibited from funding abortions in Missouri, HB 2634 will now prevent any taxpayer money from going to any abortion providers or their affiliates in the state.

About the Governor

Official Portrait of Missouri Governor Michael L. Parson and First Lady Teresa Parson

Michael L. Parson

57th Governor of Missouri

Governor Parson is a veteran who served six years in the U.S. Army. He served more than 22 years in law enforcement as the sheriff of Polk County. He also served in the Missouri House of Representatives from 2005-2011, in the Missouri Senate from 2011-2017, and as Lieutenant Governor in 2017-2018.

Governor Parson and First Lady Teresa live in Bolivar. Together they have two grown children and six grandchildren. He was raised on a farm in Hickory County and graduated from Wheatland High School in Wheatland, Missouri. He is a small business owner and a third generation farmer who currently owns and operates a cow and calf operation near their hometown of Bolivar. Governor Parson has a passion for sports, agriculture, Christ, and people.

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