Michael L. Parson was elected Missouri’s 47th Lieutenant Governor on November 8, 2016. He was victorious in 110 of Missouri’s 114 counties, winning by a margin of more than 290,000 votes. He received the most votes – 1,459,392 – of any Lieutenant Governor in Missouri history.
Parson was elected in 2010 to serve the 28th District in the Missouri Senate. Before being elected to the House of Representatives in 2004, Parson served as the Polk County Sheriff. He also served six years in the U.S. Army.
While in the Missouri Senate, Parson chaired the Small Business, Insurance & Industry Committee and during his first two years served as Majority Whip. While serving in the House of Representatives, he was chair of the House Rules Committee. He 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 which guarantees all Missourians the right to farm and ranch.
Lieutenant Governor Parson was raised on a farm in Hickory County, and graduated from Wheatland High School in Wheatland, Missouri. He is a small business owner and is a third generation farmer who currently owns and operates a cow and calf operation near Bolivar. Parson resides in Bolivar with his wife Teresa. Together they have two grown children and five grandchildren.