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Mike Kehoe
Mike Kehoe official photo.jpg
48th Lieutenant Governor of Missouri
Assumed office
June 18, 2018
GovernorMike Parson
Preceded byMike Parson
Majority Leader of the Missouri Senate
In office
September 15, 2015 – June 18, 2018
Preceded byRon Richard
Succeeded byCaleb Rowden
Member of the Missouri Senate
from the 6th district
In office
January 5, 2011 – June 18, 2018
Preceded byCarl M. Vogel
Succeeded byMike Bernskoetter
Personal details
Born (1962-01-17) January 17, 1962 (age 57)
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
Political partyRepublican

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.

Early life

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 Senate

Kehoe was appointed by Governor Matt Blunt to the Missouri Highway and Transportation Commission in 2005.[3] Without 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 Missouri

On June 18, 2018, Governor Mike Parson appointed Kehoe as Lieutenant Governor. The appointment comes with legal uncertainty, as a state law (not 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". The Constitution of Missouri states "The governor shall fill all vacancies in public offices unless otherwise provided by law, and his appointees shall serve until their successors are duly elected or appointed and qualified." Parson stated that he believed that the Constitution gave him authority to tap Kehoe as lieutenant governor.[5][6] The Democrats lost their lawsuit in the Cole County Circuit Court due to a lack of standing and the vagueness of the state law which states it can't be done, but does not provide a process to fill the position. That lawsuit was on appeal in the Missouri Supreme Court, Appeal No. SC97284,[7] with oral argument held on November 7, 2018. On April 16, 2019, the Missouri Supreme Court upheld the appointment of Kehoe to Lieutenant Governor by a vote of 5–2. The decision written by Chief Justice Zel Fischer stated that "Governor Parson was within his constitutional authority when he appointed Kehoe to the office of Lieutenant Governor,".[8]

Personal life

At age 25, Kehoe began working for Osage Industries, a company involved with auto parts and the manufacturing of ambulances.[9] After selling Osage Industries in 1992, he purchased an auto dealership in Jefferson City, Missouri, but sold it shortly after entering politics.[10] Kehoe and his wife Claudia are the parents of four children. He is the first Roman Catholic to hold the office of Lieutenant Governor of Missouri. [11]

Electoral history

Missouri 6th District State Senator Republican Primary 2010[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Mike Kehoe 12,250 39.7%
Republican Kenny Jones 10,201 33.0%
Republican Bill Deeken 5,133 16.6%
Republican Harry Otto 3,282 10.6%
Missouri 6th District State Senator General Election 2010[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Mike Kehoe 52,402 100.0%
Missouri 6th District State Senator Republican Primary 2014[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Mike Kehoe 25,142 100.0%
Missouri 6th District State Senator General Election 2014[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Mike Kehoe 37,561 79.1%
Democratic Mollie Kristen Freebairn 9,937 20.9%


  1. ^ a b "Senator Mike Kehoe". Retrieved June 18, 2018.
  2. ^ Watson, Bob (June 24, 2018). "Lt. Gov. Kehoe talks about transition to statewide job". News Tribune. Retrieved July 26, 2018.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on September 29, 2011. Retrieved January 19, 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ a b "2010 Primary Election – State Senator – District 6". Missouri Secretary of State. August 24, 2010. Archived from the original on October 5, 2010. Retrieved June 18, 2018.
  5. ^ Hancock, Jason (June 18, 2018). "Gov. Parson picks his replacement as lieutenant governor, reopening a legal debate". The Kansas City Star. Retrieved June 18, 2018.
  6. ^ "State senator Mike Kehoe appointed Missouri lieutenant governor". June 18, 2018. Retrieved June 18, 2018.
  7. ^ Appellants' Brief. Darrell Cope and the Missouri Democratic Party v. Michael L. Parson and Mike Kehoe,  S.W.3d (Mo. August 13, 2018).
  8. ^ Ballentine, Summer. "Missouri Supreme Court Upholds Appointment of Lt. Gov. Kehoe". Associated Press. Retrieved June 26, 2019.
  9. ^ "Osage Ambulances". Osage Ambulances. April 4, 2018. Retrieved June 18, 2018.
  10. ^ "Jefferson City Car Dealership Announces Sale of Company". KOMU 8. October 25, 2011. Retrieved June 23, 2018.
  11. ^ "Senator Mike Kehoe". Retrieved June 18, 2018.
  12. ^ "Official Election Returns: State of Missouri General Election - November 2, 2010 General Election" (PDF). Missouri Secretary of State. November 30, 2010. p. 3. Retrieved October 10, 2018.
  13. ^ "State of Missouri - Primary Election, August 05, 2014". Missouri Secretary of State. August 5, 2014. Retrieved October 10, 2018.
  14. ^ "State of Missouri - General Election, November 04, 2014". Missouri Secretary of State. December 3, 2014. Retrieved October 10, 2018.
Missouri Senate
Preceded by
Carl M. Vogel
Member of the Missouri Senate
from the 6th district

Succeeded by
Mike Bernskoetter
Preceded by
Ron Richard
Majority Leader of the Missouri Senate
Succeeded by
Caleb Rowden
Political offices
Preceded by
Mike Parson
Lieutenant Governor of Missouri
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