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Mike Kehoe

Mike Kehoe (born January 17, 1962) is an American politician currently serving as the 48th Lieutenant Governor of Missouri, in office since June 18, 2018. A Republican, Kehoe was previously a member of the Missouri Senate, representing the 6th district.[1] On June 18, 2018, Kehoe was appointed by Governor Mike Parson as Missouri's lieutenant governor.

Mike Kehoe
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48th Lieutenant Governor of Missouri
Assumed office
June 18, 2018
Governor Mike Parson
Preceded by Mike Parson
Majority Leader of the Missouri Senate
In office
September 15, 2015 – June 18, 2018
Preceded by Ron Richard
Succeeded by TBD
Member of the Missouri Senate
from the 6th district
In office
January 5, 2011 – June 18, 2018
Preceded by Carl M. Vogel
Succeeded by Vacant
Personal details
Born (1962-01-17) January 17, 1962 (age 56)
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Claudia
Children 4


Early lifeEdit

Kehoe was born and raised in the St. Louis area by his single-parent mother, the youngest of six children. His father left the family when he was only one year old. He attended Chaminade College Preparatory School.[2]

Missouri SenateEdit

Kehoe was appointed by Governor Matt Blunt to the Missouri Highway and Transportation Commission in 2005.[3] Despite not having held elected office before, Kehoe ran for the 6th District State Senate seat in 2010 to succeed Carl Vogel. In a close Republican primary, he defeated three other candidates to advance to the 2010 general election, where he ran unopposed.[4]

During the 96th General Assembly, Senator Kehoe served on the following committees:[1]

  • Vice-Chairman, Transportation Committee
  • Member, Education Committee
  • Member, Commerce Committee
  • Member, Consumer Protection Committee
  • Member, Energy & the Environment Committee

Lieutenant Governor of MissouriEdit

On June 18, 2018, Governor Mike Parson appointed Kehoe as Lieutenant Governor. The appointment comes with legal uncertainty, as the Constitution of Missouri states that the governor can fill all vacancies "other than in the offices of lieutenant governor, state senator or representative, sheriff, or recorder of deeds in the city of St. Louis". However, Parson stated that he believed that the Constitution gave him authority to tap Kehoe as lieutenant governor.[5][6]

Personal lifeEdit

At age 25, Kehoe began working for Osage Industries, a company involved with auto parts and the manufacturing of ambulances.[7] After selling Osage Industries in 1992, he purchased an auto dealership in Jefferson City, Missouri, but sold it shortly after entering politics.[8] Kehoe and his wife Claudia are the parents of four children.[9]


  1. ^ a b "Senator Mike Kehoe". Retrieved 2018-06-18. 
  2. ^ Watson, Bob (2018-06-24). "Lt. Gov. Kehoe talks about transition to statewide job". News Tribune. Retrieved 2018-07-26. 
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-09-29. Retrieved 2011-01-19. 
  4. ^ "2010 Primary Election – State Senator – District 6". Missouri Secretary of State. 2010-08-24. Archived from the original on 2010-10-05. Retrieved 2018-06-18. 
  5. ^ Hancock, Jason (2018-06-18). "Gov. Parson picks his replacement as lieutenant governor, reopening a legal debate". The Kansas City Star. Retrieved 2018-06-18. 
  6. ^ "State senator Mike Kehoe appointed Missouri lieutenant governor". 2018-06-18. Retrieved 2018-06-18. 
  7. ^ "Osage Ambulances". Osage Ambulances. 2018-04-04. Retrieved 2018-06-18. 
  8. ^ "Jefferson City Car Dealership Announces Sale of Company". KOMU 8. 2011-10-25. Retrieved 2018-06-23. 
  9. ^ "Senator Mike Kehoe". Retrieved 2018-06-18. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Mike Parson
Lieutenant Governor of Missouri