Eric Greitens

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Eric Greitens
Eric Greitens 2011-7.jpg
56th Governor of Missouri
In office
January 9, 2017 – June 1, 2018
LieutenantMike Parson
Preceded byJay Nixon
Succeeded byMike Parson
Personal details
Eric Robert Greitens

(1974-04-10) April 10, 1974 (age 48)
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Sheena Chestnut (m. 2011)
Alma materDuke University
Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford
WebsiteOfficial website
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Navy
Years of service2001–2017
RankUS Navy O4 insignia.svg Lieutenant Commander
CommandsJoint Special Operations Task Unit
Mark V Special Operations Craft Detachment
Al Qaeda Targeting Cell
AwardsBronze Star ribbon.svg Bronze Star
Purple Heart BAR.svg Purple Heart
Joint Service Commendation ribbon.svg Joint Service Commendation Medal
Navy and Marine Corps Commendation ribbon.svg Navy Commendation Medal
Us jointservachiev rib.svg Joint Service Achievement Medal
Combat Action Ribbon.svg Combat Action Ribbon
Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal ribbon.svg Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal

Eric Robert Greitens (born April 10, 1974) is an American politician, author, humanitarian, and former Navy SEAL. He is the 56th Governor of the state of Missouri from January 9, 2017 until his resignation in June 1, 2018.[1] Greitens is the Former President and founder of The Mission Continues, a nonprofit organization for veterans.[2]

On March 22, 2021, Greitens announced that he would be running for the United States Senate in the 2022 U.S. Senate elections.[3]

Controversy[change | change source]

On February 22, 2018, Greitens got in big trouble when he was accused of a serious crime that happened while he was having sex with another woman who was not his wife. He admitted that he was having sex with the woman but disagreed that he had committed a crime. She said that he secretly took naked pictures of her and then threatened to show them to other people and embarrass her if she told anybody what they had been doing together. A grand jury agreed there was enough evidence to proceed and he was indicted on felony invasion of privacy charges.[4] On May 29, 2018 Greitens announced that he would resign from office effective 5pm on Friday, June 1, 2018.[5] He and his wife Sheena got divorced in 2020.

Greitens is now a Republican. He used to be a Democrat.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Politically Speaking: Eric Greitens on his latest mission to become Missouri's next governor". St. Louis Public Radio.
  2. "Daily show hosts Missouri governor hopeful Eric Greitens". Riverfront Times. Archived from the original on 2016-10-09. Retrieved 2016-11-14.
  3. "Eric Greitens announces Senate bid for Blunt's seat". FOX 2. 2021-03-22. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
  4. "Missouri governor charged over nude photo". BBC News. 23 February 2018. Retrieved 2018-02-23.
  5. Suntrup, Jack and Kurt Erickson. "Embattled Gov. Eric Greitens resigns". St. Louis Post-Dispatch.