Saint Louis area Missouri State Sen. Eric Schmitt’s roots hail from Cooper and Moniteau counties. As he seeks to become the next Missouri State Treasurer, he made a stop in to the Boonville Daily News a couple weeks ago, to talk about his roots and the platform he is running on.

Saint Louis area Missouri State Sen. Eric Schmitt’s roots hail from Cooper and Moniteau counties. As he seeks to become the next Missouri State Treasurer, he made a stop in to the Boonville Daily News a couple weeks ago, to talk about his roots and the platform he is running on.
Schmitt’s grandparents lived in the Pilot Grove and Tipton area before moving to the St. Louis area after World War II. His great-grandfather was a Cooper County Commissioner (known as judges at that time).
“The beginning of who I am began here,” Schmitt said.
When his ancestors arrived in America, it was in this area that they settled.
“If there was a Garden of Eden, Cooper County would fit that description since you can grow anything here,” Schmitt said.
“They were farmers who came over for a better life. That is the history of our state,” he added.
Schmitt said the state has opportunities with the rivers, ports and transportation. He would like to see these areas used in greater substance. He also added he wants to see Missouri’s food production economy double.
“Missouri is well positioned to get this accomplished,” he said.
Being a Republican, Schmitt’s campaign’s foundation is based on conservative values.
Among issues that are in the forefront of Schmitt’s mind is job creation and economic development, autism insurance reform, property tax reform, cracking down on fraud and promoting transparency, standing up for local schools, common sense good government reform, balancing the government and right-sizing the state government.
“Senator Eric Schmitt was born and raised in St. Louis County. He lives in Glendale with his wife, Jaime, and their two children, Stephen, who is four, and Sophia, who was born last May. Sen. Schmitt received his B.A. cum laude from Truman State University.  While at Truman, Sen. Schmitt participated in varsity football and baseball and also founded a Habitat for Humanity Chapter on campus.  He earned a scholarship to attend law school at St. Louis University where he received his J.D., was an editor of the Law Review, and was a published author,” according to schmittformissouri.com. “Sen. Schmitt now practices law in St. Louis County and is very active in his community.  Sen. Schmitt chaired a statewide Giving Tree effort benefiting Big Brothers-Big Sisters, and has been involved with the TS (Tuberous Sclerosis) Alliance, the Gateway Chapter of the Autism Society and Habitat for Humanity. Sen. Schmitt served as a Glendale, Missouri Alderman from 2005–2008 and was elected to the Missouri Senate on November 4, 2008, to represent the 15th District.  The district includes parts or all of Affton, Shrewsbury, Grantwood Village, Webster Groves, Glendale, Warson Woods, Oakland, Crestwood, Kirkwood, Valley Park, Fenton, Twin Oaks, Manchester, Ballwin, and other areas of St. Louis County. Sen. Schmitt’s legislative priorities include growing our economy with quality jobs; making health care more available, affordable, and portable; and keeping a watchful eye on the issue of property taxes. He is also committed to quality educational opportunities for all Missourians and serving as an advocate for children and adults with special needs and their families.”