Governor Parson Names State Treasurer Eric Schmitt Attorney General To Replace Hawley

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Gov. Mike Parson has announced State Treasurer Eric Schmitt to replace Josh Hawley as Missouri’s attorney general.

Hawley held the position after being elected in 2016.

Hawley is moving to the U.S. Senate, after defeating Democratic incumbent Claire McCaskill in last week’s election.

It is the second statewide office that Parson has filled since taking over as governor June 1.

He appointed Mike Kehoe to be lieutenant governor, a post Parson held until taking over the governor’s office when Eric Greitens resigned from office. Greitens stepped down rather than continue fighting possible impeachment and allegations of personal and political misconduct.