JEFFERSON CITY, MO (KFVS) - Missouri Governor Mike Parson announced the next appointment for Attorney General on Tuesday morning, Nov. 13.
Erick Schmitt will be Missouri’s next Attorney General.
“It was important to appoint someone who has already been thoroughly vetted by the people of Missouri,” Gov. Parson said. “Eric is someone who I highly respect, personally trust, and have full confidence to serve as Missouri’s chief law enforcement officer.”
Schmitt was sworn in as the 46th Treasure of the state of Missouri on January 9, 2017 overseeing the state’s $28 billion budget.
Schmitt said it was an honor to be named the incoming Attorney General.
“I believe everyone is granted the right to be treated equally under the law,” he said. “No matter who you are, what race or religion you are, your background, your creed - every single person is entitled to equality of opportunity and a fair shake under the law.”
Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley was voted in as U.S. Senator on Nov. 6. Hawley will resign from the Office of Attorney General effective January 3, 2019.
He showed his support for Eric Schmitt.
“The Attorney General’s job is to fight for Missourian families regardless how big or powerful the opponent may be, and I know Eric Schmitt will continue this important work,” Hawley said. “He is a constitutional conservative and has a proven record of standing up for taxpayers in the Treasurer’s office. I applaud his willingness and commitment to fight for Missourians as the next Attorney General.”
Schmitt attended DeSmet Jesuit High School and continued his education to graduate cum laude from Truman State University, where he founded a Habitat for Humanity chapter. After graduation, he attended the law school at Saint Louis University where he received his J.D. and served as an editor of the Law Review.
He and his wife, Jaime, have three children, Stephen, Sophia and Olivia.