Missourians have a new Governor, and many citizens of our state are wondering about the record and true character of Missouri's new chief executive.
Mike Parson became Missouri's 57th Governor on Friday when he took the oath of office upon the resignation of former Governor Eric Greitens.
Parson had been elected in November 2016 as the Lieutenant Governor of Missouri in what has been a continuing career in public service.
Parson hails from Bolivar, where he still owns and operates a family farm. During his early adult years, he served a six-year stint in the Military Police of the U.S. Army.
His first foray into politics was his election as sheriff of Polk County in 1992. He continued to serve as the county's lead law enforcement officer for the next twelve years.
Parson was then elected as a state representative in 2004, and served three terms in that chamber. He then was elected to the State Senate in 2010, where he served until his election as Lieutenant Governor.
During his years in the General Assembly, Mike Parson has been a loyal friend to the Christian community. He has been a very reliable ally of the pro-life and pro-family movements.
He has not wavered in his support of the sanctity of life, the sanctity of marriage, and the defense of religious freedom.
Parson and his wife Theresa are members of First Baptist Church of Bolivar. The Governor's brother, Kent Parson, is the pastor of Elkton Baptist Church in Hickory County.
It is notable that among the few private citizens invited to Parson's swearing-in ceremony were longtime members of his Sunday School class at First Baptist in Bolivar.
"My pledge to all Missourians is to work hard each and every day to bring honor, integrity, and transparency to the Governor's office," Parson stated in brief remarks after he took the oath of office.
"Now is the time for Missouri to come together, to work together, and to help one another."
The Parsons have two children and five grandchildren. Please be praying for our new Governor and all the members of the Missouri
No matter what one's opinion of the Greitens Administration may be, this has been a particularly ugly period in Missouri political history.
If ever God's grace and healing were needed in the State Capitol Building, it is now.