Eric Schmitt sworn in as Missouri’s 43rd Attorney General

Eric Schmitt sworn in as Missouri’s 43rd Attorney General
Missouri’s 43rd Attorney General Eric Schmitt was sworn in on Thursday, Jan. 3. (Source: Missouri State Treasurer's Office)

JEFFERSON CITY, MO (KFVS) - Missouri’s 43rd Attorney General Eric Schmitt was sworn in on Thursday, Jan. 3.

In remarks following the swearing-in, Schmitt emphasized his duty is to protect Missourians, and to serve as the lawyer for all six million Missourians.

“So today we begin.  As a team, a team gathered in this time and place to work on behalf of the people and the law. All the while knowing we are all just temporary guardians of these offices, but with a sacred charge.  That sacred charge is consecrated by my oath of office today – to defend the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of Missouri.  There isn’t anything in that oath about politics or political party. So we will honor the law, fiercely and with the undying commitment to justice and the rule of law.  We will honor the law as it has honored us: with a deep level of professionalism guided by the idea to always do what is right and just,” said Schmitt during the ceremony.

Governor Mike Parson appointed Schmitt as the state’s next Attorney General to replace Josh Hawley who was voted in as U.S. Senator on Nov. 6.

Hawley’s resignation from the Office of Attorney General is effective on Jan. 3, the same day as his swearing-in ceremony on Capitol Hill.

Gov. Mike Parson recently appointed Republican Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick as the next state treasurer and will be sworn in later this month.

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