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The government of the U.S. state of Missouri is organized into the state government and local government, including county government, and city and municipal government.

Missouri Government
Governor of Missouri Eric Greitens (R)
Lieutenant Governor of Missouri: Mike Parson (R)
Missouri Secretary of State: Jay Ashcroft (R)
Missouri State Auditor: Nicole Galloway (D)
Missouri State Treasurer: Eric Schmitt (R)
Missouri Attorney General: Josh Hawley (R)
Senior United States Senator: Claire McCaskill (D)
Junior United States Senator: Roy Blunt (R)

County and city government

Counties with more than 85,000 people may elect their own charters, smaller ones must use the standard charter dictated by the state.

Missouri allows cities to adopt their own charter should they chose to do so; it was the first state in the union to do so. Regardless of the freedom given to city governments, most municipalities choose to organize their local government around a mayor and a city council. Council members are typically elected in either city wide or district elections.

Political parties

Like the rest of the nation, the two dominant parties in Missouri are the Democratic Party and the Republican Party (whose state affiliates are the Missouri Democratic Party and the Missouri Republican Party, respectively). The state secretary of state also recognizes the Constitution Party and Libertarian Party as organized parties, although only five Libertarians currently hold elected office in Missouri.

The Democratic and Republican parties have been responsible for establishing the voting districts, casting votes in the Electoral College, and fielding candidates for the general elections and help determining legislative policy and priorities.

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