Eric Schmitt is Missouri’s 43rd Attorney General and currently a candidate for U.S. Sentate.
Eric Schmitt was born in Bridgeton, Missouri on June 20th, 1975. Eric and his wife, Jaime, have three kids. He attended DeSmet Jesuit High School and attended undergrad at Truman State University, then called Northeast Missouri State University. After graduation, he attended law school at Saint Louis University. Eric spend over 16 years in private legal practice.
2022 U.S. Sentate Campaign
In March of 2021, Eric Schmitt announced his candidacy for the United States Senate. His candidacy was backed by Rex Sinquefield.
Schmitt won the Republican primary on August 2, 2022 with 45.6% of the vote.
Eric Schmitt’s primary competition in this election is Trudy Busch Valentine, who Schmitt calls “the heiress.” He has tweeted that Busch Valentine was “plucked from her mansion by greedy consultants in an attempt to buy this seat.”
Growing up on Grant’s Farm, it’s hard to say that Busch Valentine hasn’t had a privileged life.
Eric Schmitt and Agape Boarding School
In March of 2021, Governor Mike Parson directed the attorney general’s office to assist Cedar County Prosecuting Attorney Mike Gaither in investigating abuse allegations at Agape Boarding School in Stockton, Missouri. Former students made claims of being restrained, beaten, sexually abused, and used for manual labor duing their time at the school.
The attorney general’s office recommended 65 criminal counts against 22 codefendents at the conclusion of its investigation. Those charges involved 36 victims, ranging from felonies for abuse of a child, felonies for tampering with a victim, and misdemeanor charges for endangering the welfare of a child and failure to report child abuse.
Gaither proceeded to charge only five staffers. In response, Eric Schmitt formally requested that the governor remove his office from the case. He stated that Gaither’s decision “indicated that he does not intend to seek justice for all of the thirty-six children who were allegedly victimized.”
Currently, the attorney general’s office has filed an injunction to have Agape shut down. The next hearing is taking place on October 11th at the Cedar County Court House.