Missouri State Treasurer Eric Schmitt ('00) will be this year's John C. Shepherd Graduation speaker at Hooding on May 17 at 1:30 p.m. at Chaifetz Arena.
Schmitt was sworn in as the 46th Treasurer of the state of Missouri on January 9, 2017.
As State Treasurer, Eric is focused on protecting Missouri taxpayers, supporting small businesses, and empowering individuals and families while overseeing the state’s $3.6 billion investment portfolio as its Chief Financial Officer.
Eric’s roots in Missouri run deep, stretching through six generations of farmers, teachers and small businesspeople who have lived and worked in the Missouri cities of Tipton, Pilot Grove, Louisiana and St. Louis.
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 Eric’s father would later work. His father worked his way through night school to provide for his family while earning 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 (tuberous sclerosis) 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.