FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 31, 2018
Republican Lieutenant Governors Association’s Quick Facts Regarding Lt. Governor Mike Parson
Parson Will Be the Seventh Lt. Governor to Become Governor Since the 2016 Election
- Lt. Governor Mike Parson will become the twelfth current sitting Republican Governor to have been a Lt. Governor, when he takes the oath of office on Friday.
- Parson is the latest example of the importance of the efforts of the Republican Lieutenant Governors Association (RLGA), a caucus within the Republican State Leadership Committee which provides lieutenant governors and candidates with financial support and assists with strategic campaign advice.
- The RLGA supported Lt. Governor Mike Parson by investing $350,000 in his 2016 campaign.
- As reported by the Associated Press on Wednesday, “Parson served two tours in the Military Police, in Germany and Hawaii, for the U.S. Army. He later spent 12 years as Polk County sheriff. He spent another dozen year serving in the Missouri Legislature, where he strongly opposed abortion and supported the National Rifle Association. He was elected lieutenant governor in 2016.”
Republican Lt. Governors Stepping In
- Six other Republican lieutenant governors have stepped into the Governor’s position since 2016. Vermont Governor Phil Scott and Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb were sworn in as Governor in their respective states following their elections in 2016. South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster assumed the office following Nikki Haley’s appointment to the United Nations. Alabama Governor Kay Ivey ascended to office in 2017, as well, and Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds replaced Governor Terry Branstad after he was confirmed as United States Ambassador to China. Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer succeeded Governor Sam Brownback after Brownback was confirmed as United States Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom.
- Governors Kay Ivey and Phil Scott are amongst the top five most popular governors with 67% and 65% approval ratings respectively, according to Morning Consult. And Governors Eric Holcomb and Henry McMaster have approval ratings over 50% in the same poll. Governor Kim Reynolds has been praised by the Des Moines Register stating that she is “off to a promising start as governor” and “…she’s more focused on fulfilling her goals for Iowa than her place in history.”
- Republican Lieutenant Governors in Georgia, Idaho, Michigan, Ohio, and Oklahoma have stepped up to run for governor since the current governors in their states are term-limited, with Lt. Governor Brad Little winning his competitive primary for Governor in May.
ABOUT THE RSLC
The Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC) is the largest caucus of Republican state leaders in the country and the only national organization whose mission is to elect Republicans to multiple down-ballot, state-level offices. Since 2002, the RSLC has been working to elect candidates to the offices of lieutenant governor, secretary of state, state legislator, the judiciary and other down-ticket races. After Election Night 2017, state-level Republicans maintain 67 of 99 legislative chamber majorities in red, purple and blue states, hold 31 lieutenant governor seats, and control 30 secretaries of state offices. To learn more about the RSLC, please visit www.rslc.gop or follow @RSLC on Twitter.
ABOUT THE RLGA
The Republican Lieutenant Governors Association (RLGA), a caucus of the RSLC, is the only national organization committed to raising money and assisting Republicans in their campaigns for lieutenant governor. Across the nation, Republican lieutenant governors perform critical tasks overseeing small business recruitment, heading economic development, administering fair elections, maintaining homeland security and leading disaster recovery. Republicans currently hold 31 of the 45 lieutenant governor offices nationwide, including 14 of the 19 independently elected positions and 17 of the 25 team-elected/appointed seats.