|During a brief press conference on Tuesday afternoon, Governor Eric Greitens announced his resignation. The move follows intense scrutiny over an affair he had before taking office and after a Cole County judge ruled that Greitens’ nonprofit organization “A New Missouri” and his political PAC “Greitens for Missouri” must hand over documents to a House investigatory committee. Greitens will step down at 5 p.m. on Friday.
Upon Greitens’ departure, Lieutenant Governor Mike Parson will be sworn in as the 57th Governor of the State of Missouri. Parson is a former Sheriff and a former member of the Missouri General Assembly, having served as both a State Senator and State Representative from Bolivar, Mo., north of Springfield. He is known as a consensus builder and is expected to work cooperatively with legislators at the Capitol as he fills the remainder of Greitens’ term.