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The 2015-2016 Fourth Friday Speaker Series  

Upcoming Speakers:

Senator Michael Parson

October 23, 2015 - 10:00 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.

Fine Arts Theater , Mineral Area College, Park Hills, MO (map)

The public is invited to attend the Fourth Friday presentation by Senator Michael Parson at 10 a.m., October 23, in the Fine Arts Theatre at MAC’s Park Hills campus. A Q&A session will follow. For more information, contact Amy McKenna-Jones, (573) 518-2146 or The lecture is free and open to the public.

Senator Parson, a Republican, was elected in 2010 to serve the 28th District in the Missouri Senate.  The 28th District includes Benton, Cedar, Dallas, Polk, Hickory, Laclede, Pettis and St. Clair counties. Before being elected to the House of Representatives in 2004, Parson served as the Polk County Sheriff. He also served six years in the U.S. Army.

Parson was raised on a farm in Hickory County and graduated from Wheatland High School.  He is a small business owner and is a third generation farmer who currently owns and operates a cow and calf operation near Bolivar.

Parson chairs the Small Business, Insurance & Industry Committee and during his first two years in the Senate, served as majority whip.  While serving in the Missouri House of Representatives, he was chair of the House Rules Committee. Parson currently serves on the following legislative committees and organizations: 

  • Chairman of Small Business, Insurance & Industry Committee
  • Appropriations
  • Agriculture, Food Production & Outdoor Resources
  • Joint Committee on Legislative Research
  • Health Facilities Review Committee

Senator Parson is a past board member of the Bolivar Chamber of Commerce and a commissioner of the Missouri Emergency Response Commission.  He also started the D.A.R.E. Scholarship Program for each school in Polk County. Recently, he was awarded an A grade for his legislative accomplishments by Missouri Scout.


Parson currently lives in Bolivar with his wife, Teresa, who is employed at Mid-Missouri bank. They are members of First Baptist Church in Bolivar and have two children, daughter Stephanie and son Kelly.


Spring 2015:

To be announced

Previous Speakers:

Brigadier General Glen D. VanHerck

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster

Jay Sheets

Representative Paul Fitzwater

Representative Kevin Engler

Representative Elaine Gannon

Representative Linda Black

Senator Gary Romine

Colonel Glen VanHerck

Representative Kevin Engler

3rd District Senate Candidate Debate (Romine/Fallert)

115th District Candidate Debate (Emerson/McCane)

U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson

Rep. Linda Black

Dr. Frank Nickell

Senator Kevin Engler

J.C. Kuessner

Michael and Melissa Goldsmith

Michael Alesandrini

Candy Zarcone    

MAC TRIO Programs

Rep. Shelley Keeney

Hon. Stanley A. Grimm

Rep. Steven Tilley

April 2015

February 2015

October 2014

September 2014

April 2014

February 2014

October 2013

September 2013

April 2013

March 2013

October 2012

September 2012

August 2012

April 2012

March 2012

February 2012

October 2011

September 2011

August 2011

March 2011

February 2011

August 2010

October 2010

September 2010