Missouri Treasurer Eric Schmitt named new Attorney General to replace Hawley

November 13, 2018 - 5:37 am

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson announced today that state treasurer Eric Schmitt will be the new Attorney General, replacing the departing Josh Hawley, who was elected last week to the U.S. Senate.

I am proud and pleased today to announce that Eric Schmitt will be Missouri’s next Attorney General. Eric is someone who I highly respect, personally trust, and have full confidence in to serve as Missouri’s chief law enforcement officer. pic.twitter.com/Jz2lB9X84z

— Governor Mike Parson (@GovParsonMO) November 13, 2018

Hawley will be moving to the U.S. Senate, after defeating Democratic incumbent Claire McCaskill in last week's election.

It is the second statewide office that Parson will fill since taking over as governor June 1.

He appointed Mike Kehoe to be lieutenant governor, a post Parson held until taking over the governor's office when Eric Greitens resigned from office.

Greitens stepped down rather than continue fighting possible impeachment and allegations of personal and political misconduct.

The oddity here is that with @Eric_Schmitt ascending to the role of AG and @mikeparson having to replace him as Treasurer, Missouri will have 4 of 6 statewide officers that were not elected to the posts they are serving in. Gotta be unique, right? #moleg

— Collin Reischman (@CMReischman) November 13, 2018
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