An executive at the Missouri Cattlemen's Association says Republican state Sen. Mike Parson is running for governor in 2016.
Executive Vice President Mike Deering says that yesterday, Parson told the group's board of directors that he had not officially announced his candidacy, but planned to in May.
Deering said Parson, a member of the Cattlemen's Association, asked board members for their support during the meeting.
Parson is 59. He was elected to the state House in 2004 and the state Senate in 2010. He owns and operates a cow-and-calf operation near his home in Bolivar.
Parson has served on the Senate agriculture committee and sponsored a number of bills that would impact that industry.