Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick, R-Shell Knob, will take over as Missouri State Treasurer in January, Gov. Mike Parson announced Wednesday.
The current treasurer, Eric Schmidt, is stepping into the role of attorney general.
The shakeup was spurred by Josh Hawley’s election to the U.S. Senate in November. Hawley is scheduled to resign as attorney general on Jan. 3.
Fitzpatrick was chosen partly because of his current position as chairman of the House Budget Committee, Parson said in a press release. In that role, Fitzpatrick has overseen the state’s $29 billion budget for the past two years.
He also is on the board of the Missouri State Employees Retirement System, which oversees pension plans for more than 115,000 current and former state workers.
“Scott has built his career, as a small business owner and legislator, with a proven track record of being a wise steward and protector of the people’s money,” Parson said in the release. “From the beginning of this administration, it has been a top priority that we strive to provide stability and instill confidence for all Missourians — that we can and will move forward.”
Fitzpatrick is the CEO of a marine manufacturing and construction company in Shell Knob.