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 new Acting Directors will take over at the Department of Economic Development (DED), Department of Mental Health (DMH), Department of Social Services (DSS), Office of Administration (OA), and Department of Revenue (DOR).

Today, Governor Mike Parson and Missouri Department of Transportation officials were joined by federal, state, and local leaders to commence construction of the new Interstate 70 Missouri River bridges near Rocheport.

Today, Governor Mike Parson ordered U.S. and Missouri flags be flown at half-staff at all government buildings in Linn County on Saturday, October 9, 2021, from sunrise to sunset in honor of WWII Navy Sailor George Merton Gooch.

The State of Missouri has created and made available spending toolkits to help local governments identify allowable uses for American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) local funds.

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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