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

Jan 3, 2019, 13:34 PM
Jan 3, 2019, 13:29 PM

Jefferson City, Mo. – Eric Schmitt was sworn in as Missouri’s 43rd Attorney General today at the Missouri Supreme Court in a ceremony led by Chief Justice Zel Fischer. 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.

Schmitt Swearing In

“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.

After the ceremony, former Attorneys General released the following remarks:

“The Missouri Attorney General serves as the lawyer for the people of Missouri, and protects the State and its citizens,” said former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft, who served as the Missouri Attorney General from 1977 to 1985. “Eric has shown himself to be a steady hand in Missouri government, and I pray for his success in this new role.”

“Eric is a true public servant who will provide competent leadership in the Missouri Attorney General's Office,” said former Sen. John Danforth, who served as Missouri’s Attorney General from 1969 to 1976. “The Attorney General has a tremendous responsibility to serve as the State’s lawyer, and I look forward to Eric’s achievements in this role.”

“I got to know Eric well when we worked to help individuals with disabilities and to pass comprehensive municipal court reform,” said former Governor Jay Nixon, who served as Attorney General from 1993 to 2009. “Eric’s deep knowledge and commitment for our state and his proven record of working for all Missourians will serve Missouri well, as he begins his role as Missouri’s Attorney General.”

Governor Mike Parson announced the appointment of Schmitt as Missouri’s Attorney General on November 13, 2018.

Schmitt previously served as Missouri’s 46th State Treasurer.  During his time as State Treasurer, he protected Missouri taxpayers, supported small businesses, and empowered individuals and families. While Treasurer, he maintained Missouri’s AAA bond rating while overseeing the state’s $3.6 billion investment portfolio.

Schmitt also previously served two terms in the Missouri State Senate and as an Alderman for the city of Glendale. In these roles, he worked to cut taxes for working families, improve educational opportunities for Missouri children, and advocate for those with special needs.

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 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.

Schmitt’s full remarks from his swearing-in can be found here.