KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens announced his resignation Tuesday, which means the state’s lieutenant governor will take over.
Lt. Gov. Mike Parson served as the Polk County sheriff from 1993-2005.
After leaving Polk County, Parson became a state representative.
After leaving the House in 2011, he served in the state Senate.
During the 2016 gubernatorial campaign, Parson announced his bid for governor. He later dropped out of the governor’s race and ran for lieutenant governor.
He won overwhelmingly, gaining the most votes of any lieutenant governor in state history.
Last week, Parson said he was ready to step up if Greitens was removed from office. The Columbia Missourian reports Parson said he was focused on being lieutenant governor but will be ready if his job expands.
Greitens’s resignation is effective Friday, June 1 at 5 p.m.