(KFVS/AP) - Mike Parson has been sworn in as the state's 57th governor.
Gov. Parson replaces fellow Republican Gov. Eric Greitens, who had been facing possible impeachment in the Missouri House.
The 62-year-old Parson is a cattle farmer who spent 12 years as a county sheriff and another dozen years in the Missouri Legislature before winning election as lieutenant governor in 2016.
The Missouri Constitution automatically elevates the lieutenant governor when the governor leaves office.
Parson will serve the remainder of Greitens' term, which runs until 2021.
Missouri leaders from across the state are issuing statements on Parson:
Former Missouri Governor and Former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft:
Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft:
U.S. Senator Roy Blunt:
Governor Matt Blunt:
Senator Kit Bond:
Attorney General Josh Hawley:
Kansas City Mayor Sly James:
Congressman Billy Long:
Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer:
Treasurer Eric Schmitt:
Congressman Jason Smith:
Senator Jim Talent:
Congresswoman Ann Wagner:
Prayer Service before being Parson being sworn in:
Eric Greitens announced his resignation on Tuesday, May 29.
A spokeswoman for St. Louis' top prosecutor said the office agreed to drop a computer tampering charge against Greitens after his attorneys suggested he would resign if the case was dismissed.
One question about the transition was about the fate of legislation still awaiting gubernatorial action.
Legislators sent roughly 140 bills to the governor's desk in the last few days.
Just after noon on Friday, the governor's office announced he signed 77 bills into law. You can click here to see which ones.
State Auditor Nicole Galloway announced she will conduct exit audits of both the governor's and lieutenant governor's offices to ensure everything is accountable during the transition.
A Missouri judge ordered outgoing Gov. Greitens to direct his staff to save evidence on their phones for a lawsuit over the use of a secretive messaging app. He also ordered Greitens' office to put together a list of staffers who downloaded the Confide app, their phone numbers and usernames. The deadline is 1 p.m. on Friday.