Mike Parson was sworn in as the governor of Missouri on June 1, 2018.
Immediately prior to becoming governor, Parson served as the lieutenant governor of Missouri. He previously served in both the Missouri Senate and Missouri House of Representatives after serving as the Sheriff of Polk County. He also spent six years in the U.S. Army.
As Lieutenant Governor, Parson was inducted into the Missouri Farmers Care Hall of Fame, won the Missouri Grocers Association Capitol Impact Award, and was named to Ingram’s 50 Missourians You Should Know 2018 list.
Governor Parson is a small business owner and is a third-generation farmer who currently owns and operates a cow and calf operation near Bolivar, Missouri.
Teresa Parson, First Lady of Missouri, has a longstanding commitment to education and public service.
After working 40 years in the banking industry, Mrs. Parson retired in 2016 and has dedicated herself to volunteering and serving her community. She has served on the boards of the Bolivar Juvenile Detention Center, A+ Program, Industrial Development Authority, Bolivar Chamber of Commerce, and she volunteers with the Relay for Life.
The first lady and her husband, Governor Mike Parson, have served as board co-chairs of the Jobs for America’s Graduates-Missouri, Inc. (JAG-Missouri). Together, they have highlighted the importance of financial literacy and money management to the next generation of leaders.
The Parsons have two children and five grandchildren. The first lady is a member of the First Baptist Church in Bolivar.
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