Mike Kehoe defeats Alissia Canady in race for Missouri lieutenant governor

By: - November 3, 2020 10:48 pm

Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe shortly before the governor’s 2019 State of the State address (photo courtesy of the Missouri Governor’s Office).

Republican Mike Kehoe has won a full four-year term as Missouri’s lieutenant governor, defeating Democrat Alissia Canady.

With half of precincts reporting, Kehoe was declared the winner by the Associated Press around 10:30 p.m. while he was leading by nearly 600,000 votes.

Kehoe, 58, served two terms as a state senator from Jefferson City before he was appointed lieutenant governor by Gov. Mike Parson in 2018. The office was vacant because Parson took over as governor following Eric Greitens’ resignation.

Born in St. Louis, Kehoe has lived in mid-Missouri for nearly three decades. He became well known in the area after purchasing a Ford dealership in Jefferson City at the age of 30.

He was elected to the state Senate in 2010 and became the Majority Floor leader in 2015 after being elected to a second term the prior year.

The lieutenant governor sits on a variety of state boards and presides over the state Senate, casting tie-breaking votes when needed. Perhaps most importantly, the lieutenant governor takes over the state’s top job should it be left vacant

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Jason Hancock
Jason Hancock

Jason Hancock has been writing about Missouri since 2011, most recently as lead political reporter for The Kansas City Star. He has spent nearly two decades covering politics and policy for news organizations across the Midwest, and has a track record of exposing government wrongdoing and holding elected officials accountable.