At 12 noon today, Governor Michael L. Parson was sworn in to a full term as 57th Governor of the State of Missouri at the 2021 Bicentennial Inauguration. Governor Parson’s career includes over 22 years in law enforcement, including serving as Sheriff of Polk County from 1993-2005. Prior to taking office as Governor in June 2018, Governor Parson served as the 47th Lieutenant Governor of Missouri.

Governor Parson was sworn in by Judge Sarah A. Castle, who was appointed by Governor Parson to her seat in October 2020. Judge Castle was appointed by Governor Parson as Circuit Judge for the 16th Judicial Circuit on October 20, 2020.


The Bible used by Governor Parson during the swearing-in ceremony was a gift given to him by First Lady Teresa Parson. Governor Parson thanked everyone attending…


Lieutenant Governor Mike Kehoe, State Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick, Secretary of State John R. Ashcroft, and Attorney General Eric Schmitt were also sworn in during today’s inauguration ceremony. A 19-gun salute was also performed by the Missouri National Guard during the inauguration ceremony. Today’s inauguration ceremony concluded with a special salute to Missouri signifying its entry as the 24th state in the United States 200 years ago. Approximately 2,000 guests were in attendance.