Missouri Governor Eric Greitens issued his formal resignation in a press conference this afternoon.
Greitens announced he will be stepping down from the position effective Friday, June 1st, at 5:00.
Greitens will be the first Missouri Governor to step away from his post.
Lieutienent Governor, Mike Parson will serve the remainder of Greitens term.
Greitens has been embroiled in both personal and legal issues for months while being investigated by a special committee.
The announcement that he will be stepping down came after Cole County Judge Jon Beetem ordered that 2 committees associated with Greitens’ 2016 campaign, A New Missouri and Greitens For Missouri, were required to turn over documents as part of an investigation regarding questionable campaign funding.
Lawmakers have issued responses to the resignation.
U.S. Senator Roy Blunt said:
“The governor made the best decision for his family and the state. I look forward to Gov. Parson’s leadership and will do everything I can to be helpful.”
Senate Democratic Leader Gina Walsh said in a statement:
“Innocent people don’t resign and criminals don’t get let off the hook simply because they cut and run….”
House speaker Todd Richardson, Speaker Pro Tem Elijah Haahr, and Majority Floor Leader Rob Vescovo said in a release:
“we believe the Governor has put the best interest of Missourians first today by choosing to resign. The past few months have been difficult for everyone involved, including the Governor and his family.”