Kehoe sworn in as Missouri’s newest lieutenant governor

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson stands aside as his appointed Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe speaks to the press. Courtesy photo

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (Heartland Newsfeed) — Amid much political turmoil and scandal related to disgraced Missouri governor Eric Grietens, a second change at the top of state government took place in Jefferson City for the second time in less than three weeks as Mike Kehoe was appointed as the state’s 48th lieutenant governor.

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson stands aside as his appointed Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe speaks to the press.
Courtesy photo

Kehoe, the 56-year-old Missouri Senate majority leader with roots in Gasconade County, was sworn into office Monday afternoon, replacing Mike Parson, who took took over as governor following Grietens’ resignation.

Parson described his ideal replacement as having “[strong] leadership, humility, meaningful experience, a willingness to listen to your adversaries and the heart of a public servant” during a press conference.

Legal experts and constitutional scholars questioned whether the Missouri Constitution allows Governor Parson to fill a vacancy for a separately elected political office, in which he believes those experts and political history support such a decision.

“My position is not unique. In fact, it is the same view by nearly every governor in recent history,” Parson said.

Kehoe’s family, including his 90-year-old mother Lorraine, were in attendance for his swearing-in.

During an address, Kehoe noted that he shares the governor’s priority to improving the state’s crumbling infrastructure.

Jake Leonard is the editor-in-chief of Heartland Newsfeed. He is general manager of Heartland Internet Media Networks and an active contributor to four newspapers for Pana News Group. He also serves as chairman of Tri-Counties Libertarian Party and Capital Area Libertarian Party, deputy candidate recruitment director for the Libertarian Party of Illinois and as chairman/co-founder of the Libertarian Party Millennial Caucus.