Governor Mike Parson’s Statement on Missouri Supreme Court Decision Regarding Governor’s Authority to Appoint the Lieutenant Governor

(JEFFERSON CITY, MO) – (Tuesday), Governor Mike Parson issued the following statement regarding the Missouri Supreme Court’s decision to affirm the trial court’s ruling that the Governor has the constitutional authority to appoint the Lieutenant Governor in the event of a vacancy:

“Missouri’s constitution is clear regarding the authority to make gubernatorial appointments. It’s important that Missouri have all of the statewide offices filled, which work to provide stability and to ensure that all Missourians are being served appropriately.

The Lieutenant Governor is an important office for this State, and I applaud the Missouri Supreme Court’s decision today which confirms the position, as well as the position of previous Governors from both parties, that the Governor has the authority to appoint a Lieutenant Governor in the event of a vacancy.”