BRANSON MO NEWS: JEFFERSON CITY • Two full weeks after taking over for scandal-plagued Eric Greitens, new Missouri Gov. Mike Parson named Republican Sen. Mike Kehoe as his pick for lieutenant governor Monday.Calling the Jefferson City lawmaker steady, predictable and humble, Parson said Kehoe would play a key role in trying to improve the state’s roads and bridges.”The lieutenant governor is an important position, not just because of the duties assigned by Missouri law and the state Constitution, but also to reassure Missourians that all operations of state government will continue,” Parson said.
“When Governor Parson called and asked me to assist him in this great endeavor, it was one of the most humbling and unbelievable days in my life,” Kehoe said.Kehoe, 56, is a St. Louis native who got his start in state government in 2005, when he was appointed by former Gov. Matt Blunt to serve on the Missouri Highway and Transportation Commission.He was elected to the Missouri Senate in 2010, representing a district that includes Cole, Callaway, Miller, Moniteau, and Morgan counties. Kehoe is term-limited and cannot run for another four years in the upper chamber.“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.Parson said Kehoe will use his role as a former state highway commissioner to help promote the improvement of state infrastructure.”I will do all I can to help him in that area,” Kehoe said.The maneuver comes after the Legislature attempted this spring to enact a law that would allow a governor to appoint a lieutenant governor if the post becomes vacant.The effort was approved in the Senate, but was rejected in the House.The legislation would have clarified what has …
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