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Gov. Mike Parson is sworn in Jan. 11 after winning the gubernatorial election in November.
Photo courtesy Gov. Mike Parson's office
Gov. Mike Parson is sworn in Jan. 11 after winning the gubernatorial election in November.

Parson sworn in for next term

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Gov. Mike Parson this morning was among elected officials sworn in for their next terms.

Parson, a Republican from Bolivar, in November defeated state Auditor Nicole Galloway at the polls. It's the first elected term as governor for Parson, who took over in 2018 after the abrupt resignation of former Gov. Eric Greitens.

"From rural areas to the big cities, Missouri offers so much to so many,” Parson said at the livestreamed inauguration. “That is the Missouri I know. That is the Missouri I love. That’s why I am confident in our future.”

Parson was sworn in by Judge Sarah Castle, who represents the 16th judicial circuit in Jackson County, according to a news release.

In Jefferson City today, Springfield-area resident Scott Fitzpatrick also was sworn in as treasurer.

A Republican, Fitzpatrick was appointed by Parson to the position in late 2018. The owner of Shell Knob-based MariCorps US LLC, Fitzpatrick previously was a member of the Missouri House of Representatives, according to past reporting.

Fitzpatrick in November defeated Democratic challenger Vicki Lorenz Englund.

Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe, Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft and Attorney General Eric Schmitt were sworn in this morning, as well, according to the release.


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