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About Senator Eric Schmitt

A lifelong resident of St. Louis County, Senator Eric S. Schmitt graduated from DeSmet Jesuit High School and later from Truman State University with a B.A. cum laude. At Truman, Sen. Schmitt played football and baseball and was a founding member of Truman’s Habitat for Humanity chapter. He received a scholarship to attend St. Louis University School of Law, where he earned his J.D. and was an editor of the Law Review and a published author.

In addition to his service as a legislator, Sen. Schmitt is a partner at the law firm Lathrop & Gage, LLP. In the community, he has been an active member of the Boards for DeSmet Jesuit High School, Nurses for Newborns Foundation, St. Louis Crisis Nursery, and a local Parents and Teachers Program. Previously, Sen. Schmitt served as chairman of the Young Lawyer Section Council of the Missouri Bar, led a statewide Giving Tree effort to benefit Big Brothers-Big Sisters, and created a Special Needs Advocacy Task Force. He has also been involved with the TS (Tuberous Sclerosis) Alliance, the Gateway Chapter of the Autism Society, Habitat for Humanity, and local Chambers of Commerce.

Sen. Schmitt was elected an Alderman in Glendale, Missouri, serving from 2005 to 2008. On November 4, 2008, the people of the 15th District elected him to serve as a Missouri State Senator. In the General Assembly, Sen. Schmitt represents all or parts of Affton, Shrewsbury, Grantwood Village, Webster Groves, Glendale, Warson Woods, Oakland, Crestwood, Kirkwood, Valley Park, Fenton, Twin Oaks, Manchester, and Ballwin.

Sen. Schmitt is the recipient of numerous awards for his service, including: 2011 St. Louis County Bar Association’s Outstanding Young Lawyer Award; 2010 St. Louis Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 class; 2010 and 2011 St. Louis Business Journal’s Legislative Award; 2009, 2010, and 2011 St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association’s Lewis and Clark Statesman Award; 2010 Homebuilders Association of St. Louis and Eastern Missouri’s Legislative Award; 2010 Judicial Conference of Missouri Award; 2010 Missouri Association of County Development Services President’s Award; 2010 Thompson Foundation for Autism’s Appreciation Award.

Sen. Schmitt’s legislative priorities involve finding new and innovative solutions to spur economic growth and to create and to retain quality jobs throughout the state; making healthcare more available, affordable, and portable; and protecting citizens from unfair property tax burdens. In addition, he is committed to creating quality educational opportunities for all Missouri children and advocating for individuals with developmental disabilities or special needs and their families.

Sen. Schmitt serves as Chairman of the Senate Committee on Jobs, Economic Development, and Local Government, and he is the Majority Caucus Secretary.

Sen. Schmitt resides in Glendale with his wife Jaime and their three children, Stephen, Sophia, and Olivia.

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