MISSOURI (KFVS) - Missouri Governor Mike Parson announced the new lieutenant governor on Monday, June 18.
He spoke in the governor's formal office in the Missouri State Capitol at 1 p.m. about a "special announcement."
Parson appointed state Senate Majority Leader Mike Kehoe to be the lieutenant governor.
"Mike is someone who will bring great experience to the Lieutenant Governor's office as part of this administration. He will provide valuable leadership experience to Missouri as well," Parson said.
Kehoe is a businessman who has represented parts of central Missouri in the state Senate since 2011.
On November 2, 2010, Kehoe was elected to the Missouri Senate representing the citizens of the 6th District. He was later re-elected in 2014 to serve a second term.
In 2005, Governor Blunt asked Kehoe to serve on Missouri's Highways and Transportation Commission, and in 2009, was elected to be the chairman.
Kehoe has held leadership positions for several committees including: Administration, Vice-Chairman; Gubernatorial Appointments, Vice-Chairman; Local Government and Elections; Rules, Joint Rules, Resolutions and Ethics, Chairman; Joint Committee on Capitol Improvements; Senate Select Committee on Capital Improvements, Chairman; Blue Ribbon Panel on Immigration; Joint Committee on Corrections.
He has also served on the Missouri Automobile Dealers Association Board, the Linn State Technical College Board of Regents, the Jefferson City Commerce, the USS Missouri (SSN-780) Commissioning Committee, the Central Missouri United Way and the Jefferson City Diocese Jubilee Committee.
The lieutenant governor's office has been vacant since June 1 when former Gov. Eric Greitens resigned and Parson took over the position. Both Parson and Kehoe are Republicans.
Statements from lawmakers and former Missouri governors:
Former Missouri Governor Christopher S. Bond:
Former Missouri Governor Jay Nixon:
Former Missouri Governor Bob Holden:
Former Missouri Governor Matt Blunt:
From Senate Leader Ron Richard:
U.S. Senator Roy Blunt: