Missouri State Treasurer
Eric Schmitt was sworn in as the 46th Treasurer of the state of Missouri on January 9, 2017. As State Treasurer, Eric is focused on advocating for Missouri taxpayers, investing in small businesses, and expanding economic opportunity while overseeing the state’s $3.6 billion investment portfolio as its Chief Financial Officer.
A sixth-generation Missourian, his family story is one of patriotism, hard work, and entrepreneurship. Eric’s grandfather served in the 7th Army during World War II and saw major combat as an infantryman. After the war, he returned to Missouri to start a small butcher shop, where his father would later work while attending night school to earn a diploma. Eric watched his father work 7 days a week on the midnight shift to provide a better life for his family, an experience that taught him the value of a strong work ethic.
Eric attended DeSmet Jesuit High School and went on 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 was inspired to enter public service to be a voice for his son, Stephen, who was born with a rare genetic condition causing tumors on his organs. Stephen also has epilepsy, is on the autism spectrum, and is non-verbal.
Eric’s record of accomplishments serves as a reflection of his values and leadership. During his time as an Alderman for the city of Glendale and his two terms in the Missouri State Senate, he worked to cut taxes for working families, improve educational opportunities for Missouri children, and advocate for those with special needs.
He was elected the 46th Treasurer of the State of Missouri on November 8, 2016 with more votes than any other State Treasurer in Missouri history.
Eric and his wife, Jaime, have three children, Stephen, Sophia, and Olivia.