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Mike Parson sworn in as 57th governor of Missouri

Mike Parson sworn in as 57th governor of Missouri. (File)

Former Lieutenant Governor Mike Parson was sworn in as Missouri's 57th governor Friday evening.

Parson walked into the Governor's Office with his wife Teresa. The new first lady held the Bible as he raised his right hand and promised to support the Constitution of the United States and state constitution, devoting himself to serve the people of the Show-Me State.

Parson then stepped to the governor's desk and with a signature he formally became Missouri's top official.

Missouri's former lieutenant governor approached the podium, addressing a crowd for the first time as the state's governor.

"Public service is a privilege," he said.

"It is truly an honor to serve as Missouri's 57th governor."

In his addressed, he pledged to all Missourians to work hard, bring honor, integrity and transparency to the governor's office.

"I will always be ready and willing to listen to ideas on how state government can better position itself to serve our families and our communities," he said.

"I am optimistic about the future of our great state and I'm looking forward to the work ahead," he said. "God bless you, God bless the great state of Missouri, and God bless the United States of America."

With his final statement the crowd erupted into applause.

Parson assumes the role of governor after serving as the 47th lieutenant governor for the state. His ascension comes as former governor Eric Greitens resigns after serving in the role for over a year.

The 62-year-old is a veteran in the Missouri Legislature, having 12 years of experience as an elected official. Parson also had a career in law enforcement and currently resides in Bolivar.

He said he will live in the Governor's Mansion with his wife full-time and will continue to transition into his new role.

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