Missouri swears in new governor, Mike Parson

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The 57th Governor of Missouri, Mike Parson, was sworn in on Friday. 

Nearly 16 months after the inauguration of Eric Greitens, Missouri has a new governor. 

Eric Greitens entered the office of governor, not on the best terms with some in both parties. Parson said he will be a different type of leader. 

VIDEO: Watch the full swearing in ceremony.
 

"We have an opportunity today, to have a fresh start in state government. I believe now is the time for Missouri to come together," said Parson. 

Greitens spent months in the headlines for two felony charges and a house investigation. Once vowing not to resign from office. 

Earlier this week Greitens announced his resignation. 

Gov. Mike Parson is no stranger to Jefferson City, serving in both the house and senate. He said having good relationships are important. 

"That is what makes true leaders, in this state, in this country and I think building relationships. I’ve got some history here in this building with the legislature both in the House and the Senate on both sides of the isle," said Parson. 

The law isn't clear on if Parson has the power to appoint a Lt. Governor. Being a former one himself, he knows the importance and said that decision will come. 

For now, Parson wants all to know, he is willing to listen when it comes to issues that matter to Missourians. 

"There are many, many common grounds for the state of Missouri. Like infrastructure, workforce development, many things we can come together." 

A spokesperson for Parson said he will work in Jefferson City Saturday before heading home for the weekend. 

On June 11 Parson will give a rare joint session speech to lawmakers. 

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