State Auditor Tom Schweich dead at 54

Tom Schweich, state auditor | Photo from
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Tom Schweich, Missouri’s state auditor and a Republican candidate for governor in next year’s election, has died, his office confirmed Thursday afternoon.

Earlier in the day, a police source said Schweich, 54, had sustained a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

A spokesman for Schweich issued a written statement Thursday afternoon: “It is with great sadness that I confirm the passing of Missouri State Auditor Tom Schweich today. Please keep in mind his wife Kathy and two children.”

Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon cancelled a St. Louis appearance after Schweich’s death and ordered flags at state facilities to be lowered to half staff. The governor also issued a statement:

“I join all Missourians in mourning the passing of State Auditor Tom Schweich, a brilliant, devoted and accomplished public servant who dedicated his career to making Missouri and the world a better place. From his courageous work to combat the illegal drug trade abroad in Afghanistan to his tireless efforts to protect the interests of taxpayers here in Missouri, Tom Schweich’s exceptional intellect and unwavering dedication to public service left a legacy that will endure for many years to come.”

Schweich was re-elected to a second term in November, and he announced last month that he would seek the Republican nomination in next year’s gubernatorial election. His top opponent for the Republican bid was Catherine Hanaway, a former House speaker and U.S. Attorney.

The Missouri House took a moment of silence Thursday afternoon to remember and pray for Schweich Thursday afternoon.

Read more from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the Kansas City Star

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