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Eric Robert Greitens (born April 10, 1974) is an American politician, author, and former Navy SEAL, who began serving as the 56th Governor of Missouri in January 2017. A Democrat until 2015, he switched to the Republican Party. He is the second youngest Governor in the United States, after New Hampshire's Chris Sununu. Born and raised in St. Louis, Greitens graduated from Parkway North High School before attending Duke University with a scholarship. After attending the University of Oxford as a Rhodes scholar and earning a doctorate, he later became a U.S. Navy SEAL officer, where he served four tours of duty around the world, rose to the rank of lieutenant commander, commanded an Al-Qaeda targeting cell and was awarded a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart, among other decorations. Following his military service, Greitens served as a White House Fellow and founded The Mission Continues, a non-profit organization serving veterans which he led until 2014. Time included him in its list of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2013. Previously a Democrat, he announced his candidacy for governor as a Republican, campaigning on a platform centered around ethics reform. Positioning himself as a conservative outsider, his campaign drew significant comparison to the presidential campaign of Donald Trump. After defeating three opponents in the Republican primaries, he faced state Attorney General Chris Koster whom he defeated in the general election on November 8, 2016. During his tenure, the state legislature has passed right-to-work legislation and enacted legislation to counteract the prescription drug crisis. Greitens has been criticized for his campaign's refusal to disclose dark money donors.