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Missouri's 57th governor faces 1st official day Monday

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The governor will begin by meeting with cabinet members at 10:30 a.m. The meeting will be private and will be held at the Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City. (AP) The governor will begin by meeting with cabinet members at 10:30 a.m. The meeting will be private and will be held at the Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City. (AP)
FAIRWAY, KS (KCTV/AP) -

Swept into office amid now-former Governor Eric Greitens’ scandal, Republican Mike Parson will have his first official day as Missouri’s 57th Governor on Monday.

Parson, a Republican, will have a jump right into the thick of things.

The governor will begin by meeting with cabinet members at 10:30 a.m. The meeting will be private and will be held at the Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City.

According to a news release from Parson’s office, he will address media 15 minutes prior to the meeting as the meeting itself will be private. The subject of the meeting has not been released.

Parson took office Friday, shortly after Greitens, also a Republican, stepped down amid allegations of both personal and political misconduct. 

Parson assumes office with more than a decade of state government experience and relationships in politics.

Parson earned praised from former Republican Missouri governors John Ashcroft and Matt Blunt, along with a number of sitting members of Congress. U.S. Rep. Ann Wagner touted him as a "seasoned statesman."

U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt said the two became friends in Parson's hometown of Bolivar more than two decades ago. Blunt says Parson's past experience as a county sheriff and legislator help him understand the state in ways few people do.

The former Lieutenant Governor says he looks forward to helping the state move past Greitens’ scandals.

But, Parson's first political fight may be over his replacement.

State Senators passed a bill that would have given the Governor the power to appoint a new number-two, but that bill did not pass the House.

Parson's staff is also currently working out a schedule for him to tour the state. He is also expected to give a joint address to both the State House and Senate on June 11.

"My purpose for being governor will be to trying to bring people together, to try to move the state of Missouri forward for what's best for the state of Missouri," Parson said.

Parson will serve the remainder of Greitens' term, which runs until 2021.

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