Eric Schmitt

Eric Schmitt

Summary

Current Position: Attorney General since 2019
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2022 US Senator
Former Positions: State Treasurer from 2017 – 2019; State Senator for District 15 from 2009 – 2017

Eric Stephen Schmitt (born June 20, 1975) is an American lawyer and politician who has served as the 43rd attorney general of Missouri since 2019. He is the Republican nominee in the 2022 United States Senate election in Missouri.

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Eric Schmitt is Missouri’s 43rd Attorney General and chief legal and law enforcement official. A lifelong, sixth-generation Missourian, Eric is driven by his constitutional conservative beliefs, which he applies every day as the lawyer for all six million Missourians.  Eric has proven over and over that he will boldly defend the rule of law. He has remained the leader Missourians can count on.

Eric and his wife Jaime have three children: Stephen, Sophia and Olivia. Their son, Stephen was born with a rare genetic condition causing tumors on his organs. He also has epilepsy, is on the autism spectrum, and is non-verbal.  Eric’s son was his inspiration to run for office to be a voice for individuals like him and their families. One of Eric’s early legislative victories was taking on insurance companies by leading a bipartisan effort to ensure Missouri families are covered when they need it the most – including therapies for autism.

As Missouri Attorney General, Eric launched multiple major initiatives to better the lives of Missourians across the state. In his first month in office, Eric launched his Safer Streets Initiative, featuring unprecedented cooperation between the U.S Attorney’s Office and the Attorney General’s Office, taking on violent crime across the state. Recently, Eric has launched his Office’s first Cold Case Unit to deliver justice to victims who have waited far too long.

Eric has also been committed to tackling the opioid crisis and launched the Real Opioid Pain initiative to hear from Missouri citizens who have been impacted by this crisis and is battling Big Pharma in court. To address the backlog of untested sexual assault kits, Eric launched the SAFE Kit initiative to bring justice for the brave individuals who came forward to tell their stories.

During Trump’s Presidency, Eric took the lead on backing up the Administration’s policies. Eric was the first Attorney General to sue China to hold them accountable for unleashing the coronavirus on Americans. When Facebook was canceling conservatives and Google was using their platform to hurt consumers and businesses, Eric filed a lawsuit and launched a massive antitrust probe to stop Big Tech abuses. When voter integrity came into question, Eric authored and led the brief supporting the Pennsylvania Republican Party against the unconstitutional actions of the Pennsylvania courts, and he authored and led a brief in support of Texas’ lawsuit against Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin before the United States Supreme Court, where 17 other states to joined him.

Since Joe Biden has taken over the White House, Eric has been one of the leading state attorneys general to hold the Biden administration accountable, protect the Constitution and the America First Agenda. He has been on the front lines of every fight President Biden has waged against our jobs, our freedoms, and our safety. When President Biden canceled the Keystone XL Pipeline and thousands of jobs with it, Eric demanded it be reinstated and filed suit. When President Biden and John Kerry circumvented the Constitution to set a “social cost” on greenhouse gases, a move that would cost not thousands but millions of jobs, destroy the energy and agriculture industries, and lower the standard of living for working families, Eric immediately sued him. When Joe Biden halted Operation Talon endangering American lives, Eric pushed back against President Biden, urging him to reverse his order.

Eric’s love for the Constitution – the bedrock of America’s legal system – inspired him to teach a course on American Civics. Eric taught “21st Century American Civics” at his alma mater, Saint Louis University, where students had the opportunity to study the evolution of political thought, the American Enlightenment and to explore leadership qualities necessary to solve the big issues facing America today and in the future.

Previously, Missourians elected Eric as their 46th State Treasurer.  Before serving as Treasurer, he was elected twice to represent the state’s 15th Senate District as a Missouri Senator where he authored two of the largest tax cuts in state history, championed the landmark legislation to end the unjust practice of taxation by citation and was a staunch defender of life and the Second Amendment.

Eric attended DeSmet Jesuit High School and went on to graduate cum laude from Truman State University. 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 served for over 16 years in private legal practice where he received numerous awards for his commitment to justice and the rule of law.

 

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SCHMITT, ERIC has run in 4 races for public office, winning 4 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $6,752,832.

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Issues

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As Attorney General, Eric Schmitt defended President Trump at every turn and fought for justice for Missourians against the radical left, Big Tech, and even the Communist Party of China.

Now with Joe Biden in the White House and a liberal takeover in the House and Senate, we need a proven Conservative to take the fight to the Senate and save our values, our culture, and our country.

Democracy & Governance

ELECTION INTEGRITY
In the 2020 election, when glaring illegal actions involving our sacred elections surfaced, Eric authored and led the brief supporting the Pennsylvania Republican Party against the unbelievable and unconstitutional actions of the Pennsylvania courts. He also authored and led a brief in support of Texas’ lawsuit against Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin before the United States Supreme Court, and he was joined by 17 other states.

SUPREME COURT JUSTICES
Eric’s job as Attorney General is to safeguard and fight against efforts to restrict the constitutional rights of Missourians and protect the rule of law. Eric stridently opposed the radical left when they tried to stop the confirmations of Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett. Eric can be trusted to vote for federal judicial nominees who understand the role of a judge is to look to the U.S. Constitution and interpret the law, not create laws or legislate from the bench.

Economy & Jobs

TAKING ON BIG TECH
When Facebook was canceling conservatives and Google was using their platform to take advantage of consumers and businesses, Eric took legal action and launched a massive investigation to stop Big Tech abuses. Eric will never let big companies or corporate greed come before the people of Missouri.

SAVING OUR JOBS
In President Biden’s first month in office, he canceled the Keystone XL Pipeline and thousands of jobs with it. Eric fought back with a lawsuit, demanding it be reinstated. Then, President Biden and John Kerry circumvented the constitution to set a social cost on greenhouse gases, a move that would cost not thousands but millions of jobs, destroy the energy, manufacturing, and agriculture industries, and impoverish working families. Eric immediately sued him again. Missourians’ jobs are not expendable, and Eric will fight any entity willing to sacrifice your livelihoods for a political agenda.

Human Rights

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
Eric defended the religious liberties of a Missouri high school football coach when his Constitutional right was assaulted by an extreme group. The coach was accused of violating the U.S. Constitution for leading his players in prayer. Eric supported the coach’s fight against the Freedom From Religion Foundation, making clear the actions of the coach did not violate the Constitution since no player was forced to participate.

FIGHTING CANCEL CULTURE
We need more fighters in Washington willing to stop the radical cancel culture agenda being advanced by the left that is destroying lives and suppressing speech. Eric is ready to take the radical left’s cancel culture movement head-on and protect our values.

Public Safety

PROTECTING AMERICA FIRST
During President Trump’s time in office, Eric took the lead on backing up the Administration’s policies, including his historic tax cuts, efforts to reduce needless and burdensome regulations, and building the best economy this country has ever seen. Since the Biden Administration has taken over the White House, Eric has taken a blow torch to Biden’s unconstitutional and unlawful policies to protect the America First Agenda. He has been on the front lines of every fight President Biden has waged against our jobs, our freedoms, and our safety.

HOLDING CHINA ACCOUNTABLE
After they withheld information, arrested whistleblowers, and lied about the spread of the coronavirus, subsequently unleashing the virus on Americans, Eric was the first Attorney General to file a historic lawsuit against the Chinese government and the Chinese Communist Party. He will not shy away from any battle, even if it means suing an entire nation for wrongdoing.

PROTECTING AMERICA THROUGH BIOSECURITY
It’s essential that we restrict risky dual use research, including Gain of Function research, that could lead to another pandemic. This means directing an agency separate from the NIH to coordinate biorisk regulations. The funders of such research must not be the ones to police themselves.

We also must invest to prevent the next pandemic in an America First way. The government spent trillions of dollars of taxpayer money to respond to Covid, when billions of strategic investments could prevent pandemics in the first place. Such fiscal irresponsibility is reckless, and must end.

KEEPING YOUR FAMILY SAFE
Eric is committed to keeping you and your family safe. In his first month as Attorney General, Eric launched the Safer Streets Initiative, an unprecedented cooperative effort between lawyers in the Attorney General’s Office and federal prosecutors to take on violent crime. To address the backlog of untested sexual assault kits, Eric launched the SAFE Kit initiative to bring justice for the brave individuals who came forward to tell their stories. He also launched the Office’s first Cold Case Unit to obtain justice for victims who have waited far too long. Recently, when Biden halted the Trump Administration’s Operation Talon, he endangered Americans by emboldening convicted sex offenders and human traffickers to cross our borders. Eric pushed back against President Biden, urging him to reverse his order in the interest of American lives.

Wikipedia

Eric Stephen Schmitt[1] (born June 20, 1975) is an American lawyer and politician who has served as the 43rd attorney general of Missouri since 2019. He is the Republican nominee in the 2022 United States Senate election in Missouri.

Schmitt served as Missouri’s 46th state treasurer from 2017 to 2019. From 2009 to 2017, he was a member of the Missouri Senate, representing the 15th State Senate District. He also served as an alderman for Glendale, Missouri from 2005 to 2008, where he was one of two aldermen for Ward 3.[2] On November 13, 2018, Governor Mike Parson named Schmitt attorney general of Missouri after the incumbent, Josh Hawley, was elected to the United States Senate.[3][4] On November 3, 2020, Schmitt was elected to serve a full four-year term as Missouri’s attorney general. In March 2021, he announced his candidacy for U.S. Senate.

As attorney general of Missouri, Schmitt has filed lawsuits to have the Affordable Care Act invalidated by courts, sued school districts and municipalities for implementing mask requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic, sued the Biden administration for its environmental policies, and signed onto an amicus brief that argued that LGBT people are not protected by workplace discrimination bans. He filed a lawsuit against China’s handling of the pandemic, making Missouri the first U.S. state to do so. After Joe Biden won the 2020 election and Donald Trump refused to concede, Schmitt joined other Republicans in claiming fraud and supported lawsuits to invalidate the 2020 election results.

Early life and education

Schmitt was born in Bridgeton, Missouri,[5] a suburb of St. Louis. He graduated from DeSmet Jesuit High School in 1993 and from Truman State University in 1997, with a Bachelor of Arts cum laude in political science. At Truman, Schmitt was a member of the Alpha Kappa Lambda fraternity, played football and baseball, and was a founding member of Truman’s Habitat for Humanity chapter. He received a scholarship to attend Saint Louis University School of Law, where he earned his Juris Doctor in 2000.[6]

For the fall 2018 semester, Schmitt was an adjunct faculty member at Saint Louis University.[7]

Career

Lawyer and Glendale alderman

Schmitt was admitted to the Missouri bar in 2000. He was a partner at the firm Lathrop & Gage, LLP in Clayton, Missouri.[8] Schmitt served as an alderman for Glendale, Missouri, from 2005 to 2008.[9][10]

Missouri Senate (2009–2017)

On November 4, 2008, Schmitt was elected to the Missouri Senate. He represented the 15th district, which includes parts of central and western St. Louis County.[11] Following the 2010 census, Schmitt’s district was redrawn, but still centered around central St. Louis County. Schmitt ran unopposed in both the primary and general elections in 2012.[12]

In 2016, Schmitt sponsored S.B. 572, which set a limit on the percent of revenue that Missouri local governments could obtain from non-traffic fines (such as fines for violation of city ordinances). The bill passed the state Senate in a 25–6 vote in January 2016.[13] After the Ferguson unrest, Schmitt said that too many municipalities overrelied on fines to raise revenue and fund their budgets. He led the bipartisan legislative effort to bar cities, counties and law-enforcement agencies from setting traffic-ticket quotas. Schmitt worked with Senator Jamilah Nasheed and others on the legislation, which passed the State Senate in February 2016 and was enacted into law.[14][15][16]

In 2010, Schmitt, who has a son with autism, supported a bill in the Missouri General Assembly that required health insurers to pay up to $40,000 annually to beneficiaries for applied behavioral analysis, a type of autism therapy.[17] In 2015, he worked to enact legislation allowing Missouri residents to establish tax-exempt savings accounts for relatives with disabilities.[18] Governor Jay Nixon signed the bill in 2015.[19]

In the State Senate, Schmitt championed tax-cut legislation.[20][21] He sponsored a major franchise tax cut, which passed.[20] In 2013, he introduced legislation that would halve the state’s corporate income tax and reduce taxes on C corporations.[20] Schmitt and supporters promoted the tax as a way to match the Kansas experiment, while opponents called the taxes economically unsustainable.[20] The legislation, enacted in 2014, also lowered state income taxes by 0.1% beginning in 2018.[21][22]

Missouri State Treasurer (2017–2019)

Schmitt did not run for reelection to the Missouri Senate in 2016 because he was term-limited. Instead, he filed to run for Treasurer of Missouri in the 2016 elections.[23] Schmitt ran as a Republican and was unopposed in the Republican primary.[24] He defeated Democrat Judy Baker and Libertarian Sean O’Toole in the general election.[25]

Schmitt launched the MO ABLE program in 2017, which is similar to 529 college savings plans.[26][27][28] He created the Show-Me Checkbook website which provides data on state spending, state revenues, payroll, debt obligations, and cash flow.[29][30][31] In 2014, he sponsored legislation that made tax cuts when state revenues exceed financial triggers.[32][33][34]

Missouri Attorney General (2019–present)

Governor Mike Parson appointed Schmitt to the office of Attorney General of Missouri to succeed Josh Hawley, who was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2018. Schmitt took office in January 2019. In 2020, he was elected to another term.

Health care

Schmitt filed lawsuits to have the Affordable Care Act invalidated by courts.[35][36][37] After Missouri voters approved a constitutional amendment to expand Medicaid coverage in the state, Schmitt supported Republican lawmakers who refused to implement the expansion.[38]

COVID-19 pandemic

During the COVID-19 pandemic in Missouri, Schmitt filed lawsuits to prevent St. Louis County from implementing public health restrictions (such as restrictions on indoor dining, mask mandates and limits on gatherings) to reduce COVID-19’s spread.[39][40] He opposed the release of some inmates with violent felonies from jail during the pandemic, a measure that had been proposed to reduce COVID-19 spread in detention facilities.[41][42][43]

Schmitt was involved in efforts to combat scammers and price gougers attempting to profiteer off COVID-19.[44][45][46][47][48] In March 2020, he sued televangelist Jim Bakker and Morningside Church Productions, Inc. for falsely claiming that “Silver Solution” (colloidal silver) was an effective COVID-19 treatment.[49][50]

On April 21, 2020, Schmitt filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri on behalf of the State of Missouri against the Chinese government, Chinese Communist Party, and other Chinese officials and institutions, alleging that their actions to suppress information, arrest whistleblowers, and deny COVID-19’s contagious nature led to loss of life and severe economic consequences in Missouri.[51] Missouri is the first state to sue China over the COVID-19 pandemic.[52]

In August 2021, Schmitt sued local school districts in Missouri after they implemented mask mandates.[53] In September 2021, he sued Jackson County, Missouri, for enforcing an order that required restaurants to comply with a mask mandate.[54] In November 2021, the Missouri Department of Health concluded a study that found that mask mandates in Missouri reduced COVID-19 infections and deaths.[55]

In 2021, Schmitt led a lawsuit against the Biden administration over its COVID-19 vaccine requirements for health care workers.[56]

Environment

In 2021, Schmitt sued the Biden administration, challenging its decision to suspend new oil and gas leases on federal land and water.[57] He and 13 other Republican state attorneys general also participated in a lawsuit seeking to block a Biden executive order directing federal agencies to consider the social costs of emissions of greenhouse gases (carbon, methane and nitrous oxide) in regulatory cost-benefit analyses.[58][59][60]

In 2021, Schmitt and 21 other Republican attorneys general sued the Biden administration over Biden’s revocation of the permit for the Keystone XL Pipeline.[61][62]

Criminal justice

Schmitt launched the SAFE Kit Initiative in 2019 to reduce the backlog of untested sexual assault kits in Missouri.[63][64] As of October 2021, thousands of kits remained to be tested.[65]

In January 2020, Schmitt prosecuted a murder case in the City of St. Louis. The jury returned a quick verdict, finding Antonio Muldrew guilty of first-degree murder for shooting and killing Ethiopian refugee Abdulrauf Kadir at a convenience store in 2014. This was the first time a Missouri Attorney General prosecuted a murder case in the City of St. Louis.[66][67]

Schmitt supports an effort in the Missouri legislature to address the shortage of police officers in St. Louis City by lifting the residency requirement for police officers.[68][69][70]

Under Schmitt, the AG’s Office sued the city of Marshfield, Missouri, alleging that it maintained a ticket-quota system in violation of a state law banning such quotas (Schmitt sponsored the law in the General Assembly before becoming AG). In 2020, the suit ended in a settlement in which the city agreed to maintain a compliance program and have its state officials undergo training on the law.[71]

On July 21, 2020, Schmitt filed “friend of the court” (amicus briefs) that argued that “Missouri’s statutes specifically authorize Missouri citizens to use firearms to deter assailants and protect themselves, their families, and homes from threatening or violent intruders” and requested dismissal of cases filed by prosecutor Kim Gardner against Patricia and Mark Thomas McCloskey for brandishing firearms at protesters who had trespassed on their property while marching in St. Louis in 2020.[72][73] Schmitt expressed concern about “the chilling effect that this [case] might have with people exercising their Second Amendment rights”.[74]

Antitrust

In September 2019, almost all 50 state attorneys general, including Schmitt, launched an antitrust investigation against Google. The bipartisan group of state AGs accused Google of prioritizing searches for companies that advertise on the search engine platform.[75][76]

First Amendment

In August 2019, Schmitt withdrew a legal brief that argued that the First Amendment allowed government officials to withhold records from a Sunshine Law request, following criticism from transparency advocates who noted that the brief did not cite any case law.[77] A Freedom Center of Missouri representative raised concern that the argument is similar to a case involving Governor Mike Parson, which Schmitt had not yet ruled on.[78]

LGBTQ+ rights

In 2019, Schmitt was among 14 Republican state attorneys general signatories who signed an amicus brief to the Supreme Court brief arguing that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 does not protect LGBTQ+ people from employment discrimination.[79] In June 2020, the Supreme Court ruled, 6–3, that employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation does violate the Civil Rights Act of 1964.[80] In 2022, Schmitt was among 22 Republican state attorneys general who filed a lawsuit against the Biden Administration over a program that prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in schools which receive federal funds.[81]

Religion and schools

In 2019, Schmitt spoke in defense of the Cameron R-1 School District after it came under criticism from the Freedom From Religion Foundation over a high school football coach who led students in prayer before and after games. The group contended that the practice violating the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. In a letter, Schmitt called the foundation an “extreme anti-religion organization” and said he would support the coach, school, and school district if the group sued and said that no one was forcing students and players to participate in prayer in public spaces.[82]

Texas v. Pennsylvania

After Joe Biden won the 2020 election, Schmitt’s office supported the Trump campaign’s attempt to invalidate ballots it claimed were illegally cast in Pennsylvania.[83] Schmitt was among 17 Republican attorneys general who supported Texas attorney general Ken Paxton in suing Georgia, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania to invalidate their electoral votes for Biden and overturn the election results. The suit claimed that the four states’ presidential vote tallies were unconstitutional; no evidence supported these claims and the arguments had already been rejected in other state and federal courts.[84][85]

Because the suit was brought by one state against other states, the Supreme Court had original jurisdiction, though it frequently declines to hear such suits.[86] There was no evidence of consequential illegal voting in the election.[87] Paxton’s lawsuit included claims that had been tried unsuccessfully in other courts and shown to be false.[88] Officials from each of the four states said Paxton’s lawsuit recycled false and disproven claims of irregularity.[89] Legal experts and politicians sharply criticized the merits of the objections.[90][91] Election law expert Rick Hasen called the lawsuit “the dumbest case I’ve ever seen filed on an emergency basis at the Supreme Court”.[92][93] Senator Ben Sasse said of Paxton that it “looks like a fella begging for a pardon filed a PR stunt”, in reference to Paxton’s own state and federal legal issues (securities fraud charges and abuse of office allegations).[94] On December 11, the U.S. Supreme Court quickly rejected the suit in an unsigned opinion.[95]

Wrongful conviction cases

Schmitt has fought against motions calling for the release of Lamar Johnson, who was convicted for murder on the basis of a single eyewitness’s testimony. A conviction integrity unit later found overwhelming evidence of Johnson’s innocence.[96] Schmitt also resisted the release on procedural grounds of Kevin Strickland, who has served 43 years, after the Jackson County prosecutor’s office issued a public apology to Strickland on the basis of a wrongful conviction.[97]

A September 2020 Kansas City Star investigation prompted prosecutors to review Strickland’s case.[98][99] In 2021, the prosecutor in the court of original jurisdiction wrote that he was innocent and deserved release,[97] as did former Jackson County prosecutors and federal prosecutors for the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri.[97] Schmitt’s assistant attorney general, Andrew Clarke, said their office believes Strickland to be guilty, that he should remain incarcerated, and that he had “worked to evade responsibility”.[100] In August 2021, Schmitt’s office issued a subpoena requiring the Jackson County prosecutor to turn over any communication with third parties regarding the case, a demand she characterized as harassment.[101]

2022 U.S. Senate election

On March 24, 2021, Schmitt announced his candidacy for the United States Senate to succeed incumbent Republican Roy Blunt.[102][103] His candidacy was backed by Missouri mega-donor Rex Sinquefield.[57] In the speech announcing his candidacy, Schmitt tied himself to Donald Trump and railed against “the radical left”.[57] He has pleged to vote against Senator Mitch McConnell for the Senate Republican party leadership position.[104]

In April 2022, Schmitt repeated a Great Replacement-derived claim on Glenn Beck‘s program that the Democratic Party seeks to “fundamentally” change the country through Illegal immigration to the United States.[105]

The day before the primary, former president Donald Trump released a statement endorsing “ERIC” [sic]. Schmitt was joined in the Republican primary by two other candidiates with the first name, former Governor Eric Greitens and lesser-known candidate Eric McElroy. Trump’s statement did not offer any clarification on whether this was an endorsement for one or multiple candidates, and when reached for comment by NBC News, Trump’s office declined to clarify the endorsement, saying it “speaks for itself”.[106][107] However, Politico reported it as an endorsement for both Greitens and Schmitt, as Trump had apparently expressed indecision on which of the two men to back before a dual endorsement was suggested; he separately contacted both candidates to pledge his support, and both subsequently claimed the endorsement as being for them.[108]

Schmitt won the Republican primary on August 2, 2022, with 45.7% of votes.[109]

Personal life

Schmitt and his wife, Jaime, have three children.[110]

Electoral history

2008 Missouri Senate 15th district election[111]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican Eric Schmitt 51,366 54.7
DemocraticJames Trout42,46945.3
Total votes93,835 100.0
2012 Missouri Senate 15th district election[112]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
RepublicanEric Schmitt 77,745 100 +45.3
Total votes77,745 100.0
2016 Missouri State Treasurer election[113]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican Eric Schmitt 1,545,582 56.4
DemocraticJudy Baker1,078,06339.4
LibertarianSean O’Toole78,5432.9
GreenCarol Hexem66,4901.3
Total votes2,738,122 100.0
2020 Missouri Attorney General election[114]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican Eric Schmitt 1,752,792 59.4
DemocraticRich Finnernan1,117,71337.9
LibertarianKevin Babcock81,1002.7
Total votes2,951,605 100.0%
2022 United States Senate Republican primary in Missouri
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican Eric Schmitt 298,852 45.7
RepublicanVicky Hartzler144,46922.1
RepublicanEric Greitens123,98218.9
RepublicanBilly Long32,5555.0
RepublicanMark McCloskey19,5053.0
RepublicanDave Schatz7,4941.1
Total votes654,474 100.0
2022 United States Senate election in Missouri
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
RepublicanEric Schmitt
DemocraticTrudy Busch Valentine
LibertarianJonathan Dine
ConstitutionPaul Venable
IndependentJohn Wood
Total votes

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Eric Stephen Schmitt[1] (born June 20, 1975) is an American lawyer and politician who has served as the 43rd attorney general of Missouri since 2019. He is the Republican nominee in the 2022 United States Senate election in Missouri.

Schmitt served as Missouri’s 46th state treasurer from 2017 to 2019. From 2009 to 2017, he was a member of the Missouri Senate, representing the 15th State Senate District. He also served as an alderman for Glendale, Missouri from 2005 to 2008, where he was one of two aldermen for Ward 3.[2] On November 13, 2018, Governor Mike Parson named Schmitt attorney general of Missouri after the incumbent, Josh Hawley, was elected to the United States Senate.[3][4] On November 3, 2020, Schmitt was elected to serve a full four-year term as Missouri’s attorney general. In March 2021, he announced his candidacy for U.S. Senate.

As attorney general of Missouri, Schmitt has filed lawsuits to have the Affordable Care Act invalidated by courts, sued school districts and municipalities for implementing mask requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic, sued the Biden administration for its environmental policies, and signed onto an amicus brief that argued that LGBT people are not protected by workplace discrimination bans. He filed a lawsuit against China’s handling of the pandemic, making Missouri the first U.S. state to do so. After Joe Biden won the 2020 election and Donald Trump refused to concede, Schmitt joined other Republicans in claiming fraud and supported lawsuits to invalidate the 2020 election results.

Early life and education

Schmitt was born in Bridgeton, Missouri,[5] a suburb of St. Louis. He graduated from DeSmet Jesuit High School in 1993 and from Truman State University in 1997, with a Bachelor of Arts cum laude in political science. At Truman, Schmitt was a member of the Alpha Kappa Lambda fraternity, played football and baseball, and was a founding member of Truman’s Habitat for Humanity chapter. He received a scholarship to attend Saint Louis University School of Law, where he earned his Juris Doctor in 2000.[6]

For the fall 2018 semester, Schmitt was an adjunct faculty member at Saint Louis University.[7]

Career

Lawyer and Glendale alderman

Schmitt was admitted to the Missouri bar in 2000. He was a partner at the firm Lathrop & Gage, LLP in Clayton, Missouri.[8] Schmitt served as an alderman for Glendale, Missouri, from 2005 to 2008.[9][10]

Missouri Senate (2009–2017)

On November 4, 2008, Schmitt was elected to the Missouri Senate. He represented the 15th district, which includes parts of central and western St. Louis County.[11] Following the 2010 census, Schmitt’s district was redrawn, but still centered around central St. Louis County. Schmitt ran unopposed in both the primary and general elections in 2012.[12]

In 2016, Schmitt sponsored S.B. 572, which set a limit on the percent of revenue that Missouri local governments could obtain from non-traffic fines (such as fines for violation of city ordinances). The bill passed the state Senate in a 25–6 vote in January 2016.[13] After the Ferguson unrest, Schmitt said that too many municipalities overrelied on fines to raise revenue and fund their budgets. He led the bipartisan legislative effort to bar cities, counties and law-enforcement agencies from setting traffic-ticket quotas. Schmitt worked with Senator Jamilah Nasheed and others on the legislation, which passed the State Senate in February 2016 and was enacted into law.[14][15][16]

In 2010, Schmitt, who has a son with autism, supported a bill in the Missouri General Assembly that required health insurers to pay up to $40,000 annually to beneficiaries for applied behavioral analysis, a type of autism therapy.[17] In 2015, he worked to enact legislation allowing Missouri residents to establish tax-exempt savings accounts for relatives with disabilities.[18] Governor Jay Nixon signed the bill in 2015.[19]

In the State Senate, Schmitt championed tax-cut legislation.[20][21] He sponsored a major franchise tax cut, which passed.[20] In 2013, he introduced legislation that would halve the state’s corporate income tax and reduce taxes on C corporations.[20] Schmitt and supporters promoted the tax as a way to match the Kansas experiment, while opponents called the taxes economically unsustainable.[20] The legislation, enacted in 2014, also lowered state income taxes by 0.1% beginning in 2018.[21][22]

Missouri State Treasurer (2017–2019)

Schmitt did not run for reelection to the Missouri Senate in 2016 because he was term-limited. Instead, he filed to run for Treasurer of Missouri in the 2016 elections.[23] Schmitt ran as a Republican and was unopposed in the Republican primary.[24] He defeated Democrat Judy Baker and Libertarian Sean O’Toole in the general election.[25]

Schmitt launched the MO ABLE program in 2017, which is similar to 529 college savings plans.[26][27][28] He created the Show-Me Checkbook website which provides data on state spending, state revenues, payroll, debt obligations, and cash flow.[29][30][31] In 2014, he sponsored legislation that made tax cuts when state revenues exceed financial triggers.[32][33][34]

Missouri Attorney General (2019–present)

Governor Mike Parson appointed Schmitt to the office of Attorney General of Missouri to succeed Josh Hawley, who was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2018. Schmitt took office in January 2019. In 2020, he was elected to another term.

Health care

Schmitt filed lawsuits to have the Affordable Care Act invalidated by courts.[35][36][37] After Missouri voters approved a constitutional amendment to expand Medicaid coverage in the state, Schmitt supported Republican lawmakers who refused to implement the expansion.[38]

COVID-19 pandemic

During the COVID-19 pandemic in Missouri, Schmitt filed lawsuits to prevent St. Louis County from implementing public health restrictions (such as restrictions on indoor dining, mask mandates and limits on gatherings) to reduce COVID-19’s spread.[39][40] He opposed the release of some inmates with violent felonies from jail during the pandemic, a measure that had been proposed to reduce COVID-19 spread in detention facilities.[41][42][43]

Schmitt was involved in efforts to combat scammers and price gougers attempting to profiteer off COVID-19.[44][45][46][47][48] In March 2020, he sued televangelist Jim Bakker and Morningside Church Productions, Inc. for falsely claiming that “Silver Solution” (colloidal silver) was an effective COVID-19 treatment.[49][50]

On April 21, 2020, Schmitt filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri on behalf of the State of Missouri against the Chinese government, Chinese Communist Party, and other Chinese officials and institutions, alleging that their actions to suppress information, arrest whistleblowers, and deny COVID-19’s contagious nature led to loss of life and severe economic consequences in Missouri.[51] Missouri is the first state to sue China over the COVID-19 pandemic.[52]

In August 2021, Schmitt sued local school districts in Missouri after they implemented mask mandates.[53] In September 2021, he sued Jackson County, Missouri, for enforcing an order that required restaurants to comply with a mask mandate.[54] In November 2021, the Missouri Department of Health concluded a study that found that mask mandates in Missouri reduced COVID-19 infections and deaths.[55]

In 2021, Schmitt led a lawsuit against the Biden administration over its COVID-19 vaccine requirements for health care workers.[56]

Environment

In 2021, Schmitt sued the Biden administration, challenging its decision to suspend new oil and gas leases on federal land and water.[57] He and 13 other Republican state attorneys general also participated in a lawsuit seeking to block a Biden executive order directing federal agencies to consider the social costs of emissions of greenhouse gases (carbon, methane and nitrous oxide) in regulatory cost-benefit analyses.[58][59][60]

In 2021, Schmitt and 21 other Republican attorneys general sued the Biden administration over Biden’s revocation of the permit for the Keystone XL Pipeline.[61][62]

Criminal justice

Schmitt launched the SAFE Kit Initiative in 2019 to reduce the backlog of untested sexual assault kits in Missouri.[63][64] As of October 2021, thousands of kits remained to be tested.[65]

In January 2020, Schmitt prosecuted a murder case in the City of St. Louis. The jury returned a quick verdict, finding Antonio Muldrew guilty of first-degree murder for shooting and killing Ethiopian refugee Abdulrauf Kadir at a convenience store in 2014. This was the first time a Missouri Attorney General prosecuted a murder case in the City of St. Louis.[66][67]

Schmitt supports an effort in the Missouri legislature to address the shortage of police officers in St. Louis City by lifting the residency requirement for police officers.[68][69][70]

Under Schmitt, the AG’s Office sued the city of Marshfield, Missouri, alleging that it maintained a ticket-quota system in violation of a state law banning such quotas (Schmitt sponsored the law in the General Assembly before becoming AG). In 2020, the suit ended in a settlement in which the city agreed to maintain a compliance program and have its state officials undergo training on the law.[71]

On July 21, 2020, Schmitt filed “friend of the court” (amicus briefs) that argued that “Missouri’s statutes specifically authorize Missouri citizens to use firearms to deter assailants and protect themselves, their families, and homes from threatening or violent intruders” and requested dismissal of cases filed by prosecutor Kim Gardner against Patricia and Mark Thomas McCloskey for brandishing firearms at protesters who had trespassed on their property while marching in St. Louis in 2020.[72][73] Schmitt expressed concern about “the chilling effect that this [case] might have with people exercising their Second Amendment rights”.[74]

Antitrust

In September 2019, almost all 50 state attorneys general, including Schmitt, launched an antitrust investigation against Google. The bipartisan group of state AGs accused Google of prioritizing searches for companies that advertise on the search engine platform.[75][76]

First Amendment

In August 2019, Schmitt withdrew a legal brief that argued that the First Amendment allowed government officials to withhold records from a Sunshine Law request, following criticism from transparency advocates who noted that the brief did not cite any case law.[77] A Freedom Center of Missouri representative raised concern that the argument is similar to a case involving Governor Mike Parson, which Schmitt had not yet ruled on.[78]

LGBTQ+ rights

In 2019, Schmitt was among 14 Republican state attorneys general signatories who signed an amicus brief to the Supreme Court brief arguing that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 does not protect LGBTQ+ people from employment discrimination.[79] In June 2020, the Supreme Court ruled, 6–3, that employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation does violate the Civil Rights Act of 1964.[80] In 2022, Schmitt was among 22 Republican state attorneys general who filed a lawsuit against the Biden Administration over a program that prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in schools which receive federal funds.[81]

Religion and schools

In 2019, Schmitt spoke in defense of the Cameron R-1 School District after it came under criticism from the Freedom From Religion Foundation over a high school football coach who led students in prayer before and after games. The group contended that the practice violating the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. In a letter, Schmitt called the foundation an “extreme anti-religion organization” and said he would support the coach, school, and school district if the group sued and said that no one was forcing students and players to participate in prayer in public spaces.[82]

Texas v. Pennsylvania

After Joe Biden won the 2020 election, Schmitt’s office supported the Trump campaign’s attempt to invalidate ballots it claimed were illegally cast in Pennsylvania.[83] Schmitt was among 17 Republican attorneys general who supported Texas attorney general Ken Paxton in suing Georgia, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania to invalidate their electoral votes for Biden and overturn the election results. The suit claimed that the four states’ presidential vote tallies were unconstitutional; no evidence supported these claims and the arguments had already been rejected in other state and federal courts.[84][85]

Because the suit was brought by one state against other states, the Supreme Court had original jurisdiction, though it frequently declines to hear such suits.[86] There was no evidence of consequential illegal voting in the election.[87] Paxton’s lawsuit included claims that had been tried unsuccessfully in other courts and shown to be false.[88] Officials from each of the four states said Paxton’s lawsuit recycled false and disproven claims of irregularity.[89] Legal experts and politicians sharply criticized the merits of the objections.[90][91] Election law expert Rick Hasen called the lawsuit “the dumbest case I’ve ever seen filed on an emergency basis at the Supreme Court”.[92][93] Senator Ben Sasse said of Paxton that it “looks like a fella begging for a pardon filed a PR stunt”, in reference to Paxton’s own state and federal legal issues (securities fraud charges and abuse of office allegations).[94] On December 11, the U.S. Supreme Court quickly rejected the suit in an unsigned opinion.[95]

Wrongful conviction cases

Schmitt has fought against motions calling for the release of Lamar Johnson, who was convicted for murder on the basis of a single eyewitness’s testimony. A conviction integrity unit later found overwhelming evidence of Johnson’s innocence.[96] Schmitt also resisted the release on procedural grounds of Kevin Strickland, who has served 43 years, after the Jackson County prosecutor’s office issued a public apology to Strickland on the basis of a wrongful conviction.[97]

A September 2020 Kansas City Star investigation prompted prosecutors to review Strickland’s case.[98][99] In 2021, the prosecutor in the court of original jurisdiction wrote that he was innocent and deserved release,[97] as did former Jackson County prosecutors and federal prosecutors for the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri.[97] Schmitt’s assistant attorney general, Andrew Clarke, said their office believes Strickland to be guilty, that he should remain incarcerated, and that he had “worked to evade responsibility”.[100] In August 2021, Schmitt’s office issued a subpoena requiring the Jackson County prosecutor to turn over any communication with third parties regarding the case, a demand she characterized as harassment.[101]

2022 U.S. Senate election

On March 24, 2021, Schmitt announced his candidacy for the United States Senate to succeed incumbent Republican Roy Blunt.[102][103] His candidacy was backed by Missouri mega-donor Rex Sinquefield.[57] In the speech announcing his candidacy, Schmitt tied himself to Donald Trump and railed against “the radical left”.[57] He has pleged to vote against Senator Mitch McConnell for the Senate Republican party leadership position.[104]

In April 2022, Schmitt repeated a Great Replacement-derived claim on Glenn Beck‘s program that the Democratic Party seeks to “fundamentally” change the country through Illegal immigration to the United States.[105]

The day before the primary, former president Donald Trump released a statement endorsing “ERIC” [sic]. Schmitt was joined in the Republican primary by two other candidiates with the first name, former Governor Eric Greitens and lesser-known candidate Eric McElroy. Trump’s statement did not offer any clarification on whether this was an endorsement for one or multiple candidates, and when reached for comment by NBC News, Trump’s office declined to clarify the endorsement, saying it “speaks for itself”.[106][107] However, Politico reported it as an endorsement for both Greitens and Schmitt, as Trump had apparently expressed indecision on which of the two men to back before a dual endorsement was suggested; he separately contacted both candidates to pledge his support, and both subsequently claimed the endorsement as being for them.[108]

Schmitt won the Republican primary on August 2, 2022, with 45.7% of votes.[109]

Personal life

Schmitt and his wife, Jaime, have three children.[110]

Electoral history

2008 Missouri Senate 15th district election[111]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican Eric Schmitt 51,366 54.7
DemocraticJames Trout42,46945.3
Total votes93,835 100.0
2012 Missouri Senate 15th district election[112]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
RepublicanEric Schmitt 77,745 100 +45.3
Total votes77,745 100.0
2016 Missouri State Treasurer election[113]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican Eric Schmitt 1,545,582 56.4
DemocraticJudy Baker1,078,06339.4
LibertarianSean O’Toole78,5432.9
GreenCarol Hexem66,4901.3
Total votes2,738,122 100.0
2020 Missouri Attorney General election[114]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican Eric Schmitt 1,752,792 59.4
DemocraticRich Finnernan1,117,71337.9
LibertarianKevin Babcock81,1002.7
Total votes2,951,605 100.0%
2022 United States Senate Republican primary in Missouri
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican Eric Schmitt 298,852 45.7
RepublicanVicky Hartzler144,46922.1
RepublicanEric Greitens123,98218.9
RepublicanBilly Long32,5555.0
RepublicanMark McCloskey19,5053.0
RepublicanDave Schatz7,4941.1
Total votes654,474 100.0
2022 United States Senate election in Missouri
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
RepublicanEric Schmitt
DemocraticTrudy Busch Valentine
LibertarianJonathan Dine
ConstitutionPaul Venable
IndependentJohn Wood
Total votes

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