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Eric Schmitt highlights his family as he prepares to become Missouri's attorney general

As he prepares to change jobs, state Treasurer Eric Schmitt talked to St. Louis Public Radio’s Jo Mannies about two of the major influences on his life:

  • His Jesuit education at DeSmet High School and St. Louis University Law School.
  • His son, Stephen, who has autism and other health issues.

Missouri state Treasurer Eric Schmitt is about to become the new state attorney general.
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Missouri state Treasurer Eric Schmitt is about to become the new state attorney general.

Schmitt says he was at the Jesuit-run White House Retreat, in south St. Louis County, last Sunday, when he got the call from Gov. Mike Parson to tell him he had been chosen to be Missouri’s next attorney general.

In January, Schmitt will replace fellow Republican Josh Hawley, who will become Missouri’s new U.S. senator. Hawley defeated Democratic incumbent Claire McCaskill on Nov. 6.

Schmitt had campaigned vigorously with Hawley during the final weeks of the campaign. He also had been honorary chairman of a Republican SuperPAC, Missouri Rising Action, that had been set up to help Hawley.

Here's key parts of the  interview:

Schmitt said his son, now 14, has taught him compassion and the importance of fighting “for the most vulnerable.”  His Jesuit education, Schmitt adds, helped instill similar values.

“I believe in listening,’’ Schmitt said, adding he plans to travel around the state to meet with local prosecutors and discuss their needs.

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Jo Mannies has been covering Missouri politics and government for almost four decades, much of that time as a reporter and columnist at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She was the first woman to cover St. Louis City Hall, was the newspaper’s second woman sportswriter in its history, and spent four years in the Post-Dispatch Washington Bureau. She joined the St. Louis Beacon in 2009. She has won several local, regional and national awards, and has covered every president since Jimmy Carter. She scared fellow first-graders in the late 1950s when she showed them how close Alaska was to Russia and met Richard M. Nixon when she was in high school. She graduated from Valparaiso University in northwest Indiana, and was the daughter of a high school basketball coach. She is married and has two grown children, both lawyers. She’s a history and movie buff, cultivates a massive flower garden, and bakes banana bread regularly for her colleagues.
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