Missouri Governor Michael L. Parson

Governor of the State of Missouri

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Governor Parson's 2021 State of the State Address

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Today, Governor Mike Parson announced that he will recommend a 5.5 percent Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) and $15 per hour minimum base pay standard for all state employees across state government.

Today, Governor Parson appointed Judge Jennifer Growcock to the Missouri Court of Appeals, Southern District. Judge Growcock will succeed Judge Nancy Steffen Rahmeyer, who retired in October.

On Tuesday, November 30, 2021, Governor Mike Parson granted 15 pardons pursuant to Article IV, Section 7 of the Constitution of the State of Missouri. Official documents have been filed with the appropriate government agencies and are being sent to the individuals.

Today, Governor Mike Parson hosted a ceremony proclaiming December 2021 as Christmas Tree Month in Missouri. The proclamation was presented to winners of the Missouri Christmas Tree Association’s annual wreath and tree contests, which were held earlier this year at the association’s annual convention.

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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