Mike Parson – MO

Mike Parson

Summary

Current Position: Governor since 2018
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2021 Governor

During Governor Parson’s first year in office, he pledged a “fresh start” as well as greater government accountability and transparency for all Missourians. Governor Parson began his administration focusing on, and ultimately achieving, historic bipartisan progress on two priorities: workforce development and infrastructure.

From day one, workforce development has been a major focus for Governor Parson. In many ways, Missouri’s economy is strong – incomes are up, taxes are down, and new markets are opening up for trade. Since January 2017, Missouri’s unemployment rate has fallen and remains at near-historic lows.

Source: Government page

News

Parson doubles down on push to prosecute reporter who found security flaw in state site
Missouri Independent, Rudi KellerOctober 21, 2021 (Medium)

Gov. Mike Parson escalated his war with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Wednesday when his political operation published a video doubling down on his attack against a reporter who informed the state that a state website revealed teacher Social Security numbers.

The video is produced by Uniting Missouri, a political action committee created by Parson supporters to back his 2020 election campaign. The PAC continues to raise and spend large sums of money to promote Parson’s political agenda. It operates without direct input from Parson on its activities.

“The St. Louis Post-Dispatch is purely playing politics,” the ad states. “Exploiting personal information is a squalid excuse for journalism.”

The ad comes less than a week after Parson’s widely criticized demand for an investigation and prosecution of the reporter who discovered the security flaw in a state website, along with “all those involved.” Parson read a statement calling the reporter “a hacker” to reporters gathered outside his Missouri Capitol office last Thursday, then left without taking questions.

John Hancock, chairman of Uniting Missouri, declined to discuss any specifics about the video.

The Post-Dispatch did not respond to a call and an email Wednesday seeking a response to the video.

In the incident that enraged Parson, a Post-Dispatch reporter found that Social Security numbers for teachers, administrators and counselors was visible in the HTML code of a publicly accessible site operated by the state education department. HTML code is the programming that tells the computer how to display a web page.

The newspaper informed the state of the problem and promised not to publish any story until the issue was fixed.

“We stand by our reporting and our reporter who did everything right,” Post-Dispatch Publisher Ian Caso said in a story in his newspaper. “It’s regrettable the governor has chosen to deflect blame onto the journalists who uncovered the website’s problem and brought it to DESE’s attention.”

Parson celebrates completion of Missouri-Arkansas Connector
The Missouri Times, Cameron GerberSeptember 30, 2021 (Short)

Gov. Mike Parson joined Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson to celebrate the completion of the I-49 Missouri-Arkansas Connector, touting the project and the collaboration with the neighboring state.

The connector encompasses the final five miles of the I-29 and I-49 corridor running from North Dakota to Louisiana. Parson joined Hutchinson for a ribbon-cutting along the state line Thursday.

“We thank our transportation partners here in Missouri and across the state line in Arkansas for completing this historic project and providing a vital connection for our communities,” Parson said. “From Kansas City to Fort Smith, travelers will have safe and efficient travel options. This high-quality roadway will help promote tourism, business investment, and workforce opportunities between our two great states.”

Parson said he hoped to pursue further infrastructure and workforce development projects with neighboring states, a sentiment he expressed last week when unveiling a national security partnership with Kansas.

Parson: Legislature may need to step in on school mask mandates
The Missouri Times, CAMERON GERBERAugust 23, 2021 (Short)

While the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has left mask mandates up to local school districts, the General Assembly may need to become involved in the future, Gov. Mike Parson said.

“I’ve been a local control guy all along, and I’ve never changed on that, but I think the reality is you’ve got to realize what is the real effect on these children — whether they wear a mask or they don’t wear a mask — you’ve got to really see what the science is behind that,” Parson said. “I think the legislators need to be involved in that decision process when St. Louis County overstepped their boundaries, which I believe they did.”

“People are abusing their powers, and at some point, you’ve got to step in,” he continued.

Attorney General Eric Schmitt successfully sued to block the St. Louis County mandate from being enforced and has additional legal challenges pending against Jackson County, Kansas City, and St. Louis.

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About

Source: Government page

57th Governor of Missouri
Michael L. Parson was sworn in as Missouri’s 57th Governor on June 1, 2018 by Missouri Supreme Court Judge Mary R. Russell. He came into the role of governor with a longtime commitment to serving others with over 30 years of experience in public service.

Governor Parson previously served as the 47th Lieutenant Governor of Missouri. He was elected Lieutenant Governor after claiming victory in 110 of Missouri’s 114 counties and receiving the most votes of any Lieutenant Governor in Missouri history.

Governor Parson served six years in the United States Army and as the Sheriff of Polk County from 1993-2005. He served in the Missouri House of Representatives from 2005-2011 and in the Missouri Senate from 2011-2017.

As a member of Missouri’s General Assembly, Governor Parson sponsored and co-sponsored several landmark pieces of legislation including Missouri’s Castle Doctrine, which strengthened 2nd Amendment rights, and the Missouri Farming Rights Amendment, a piece of legislation that changed the Missouri Constitution to guarantee all Missourians the right to farm and ranch.

During Governor Parson’s first year in office, he pledged a “fresh start” as well as greater government accountability and transparency for all Missourians. Governor Parson began his administration focusing on, and ultimately achieving, historic bipartisan progress on two priorities: workforce development and infrastructure.

From day one, workforce development has been a major focus for Governor Parson. In many ways, Missouri’s economy is strong – incomes are up, taxes are down, and new markets are opening up for trade. Since January 2017, Missouri’s unemployment rate has fallen and remains at near-historic lows.

The Governor’s proposal to improve economic and workforce development through a reorganization of state government was overwhelmingly supported by the General Assembly. Through these reorganization efforts, government will be more efficient and accountable to the people. The restructuring also included several measures to address the state’s growing workforce challenges.

Governor Parson spearheaded a bold plan to address Missouri’s serious infrastructure needs, presenting a bonding package of $301 million to address more than 200 bridges, in critical need of repair or replacement, throughout the state. By improving Missouri’s infrastructure, Governor Parson aims to increase access to transporting goods throughout Missouri, across the nation, and around the world. Using 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 also 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.

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 Bolivar.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Soldier
    U.S. Army

    Served two tours in the Military Police Corps/ 1970s

  • Deputy
    Hickory County Sheriff’s Office

    1980s

  • Criminal investigator
    Polk County Sheriff’s Office
  • Sheriff
    Polk County
    1992 to 2004

Education


  • Wheatland High School
    1973

Personal

Birth Year: 1955
Place of Birth: Wheatland, MO
Gender: Male
Race(s): Caucasian
Spouse: Teresa Parson

Contact

Email:

Offices

Governor Office
P.O. Box 720
Jefferson City, MO 65102
Phone: (573) 751-3222
Fax: (573) 751-1495

Web

Government Page, Twitter, Facebook, Campaign Site, Campaign Facebook

Politics

Recent Elections

2016 Governor

Mike Parson (R)1,262,75155.1%
Russ Carnahan (D)915,22139.9%
Steven Hedrick (L)56,8042.4%
Jennifer Leach (G)53,2732.3%
Jake Wilburn ()4050.2%
TOTAL2,288,454

Source: Ballotpedia

Finances

PARSON, MICHAEL L (MIKE) has run in 7 races for public office, winning 6 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $7,161,997.

Source: Follow the Money

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Governors page

Issues

Governance

Government Reform

As public servants, it is our responsibility in state government to provide reliable and responsive service to the people of Missouri. Building on last year’s historic progress, Governor Parson and his Cabinet team remain committed to making state government more efficient and accountable by investing in our workforce, incentivizing better performance, improving budget discipline, and changing how we work to better serve Missourians.

 

Infrastructure

Situated at the crossroads of America, Missouri’s infrastructure system is a lifeline for transportation across the nation. Maintaining our state’s roads, bridges, ports, and waterways is critical to ensuring we have the framework for success going forward, and while outstanding progress was made last year, there is still more to be done. Governor Parson’s budget reflects his continued commitment to revitalizing our infrastructure, calling for key investments in transportation as well as water resources, levee rehabilitation, and rural broadband.

Stronger Communities

Missouri’s success starts and ends with the people and communities we serve. To make real change, we must continue to invest in issues that provide individuals with more opportunities, strengthen public safety, and improve the health and well-being of Missourians. Governor Parson’s budget calls for numerous investments in safety and health – both issues that will build stronger communities and broaden the path to success that we can achieve.

Workforce & Education

A workforce with the knowledge and skills to fill the jobs of tomorrow is critical to Missouri’s path forward. We have made major progress on this issue over the past year, and we must continue to take action, improve education, and provide more options for high-demand job training. From early childhood education to post-secondary opportunities, Governor Parson’s budget makes substantial investments aimed at giving more Missourians the education and training necessary to meet the demands of the future.

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