Tom Schweich said he thinks he has the experience needed to be the next state auditor.
"I have a good background in investigation and audits," Schweich said. "I enjoy public service and I think I could have a positive impact."
PERSONAL: Lives in St. Louis. Age 50. Married to Kathy Schweich. Two children, Emilie and Thomas, Jr.
PARTY AFFILIATION: Republican
OCCUPATION: Attorney at Bryan Cave and visiting professor at Washington University.
EDUCATION: Bachelor’s in history from Yale University, 1982; juris doctorate from Harvard University, 1985.
BACKGROUND: Former chief of staff the WACO investigation, former chief of staff to U.S. ambassadors to the United Nations Jack Danforth and John Bolton, former deputy assistant secretary of state and former acting assistant secretary of state for the International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, former coordinator with the rank of ambassador for the International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs in Afghanistan, author of three books on law, business and personal finance.
Schweich said he believes that it's very important that the state auditor have experience in law enforcement — experience that he can bring to the table.
"A lot of them over the years have had experience in law enforcement," he said.
If elected, he says his No. 1 priority is helping departments manage the federal stimulus money.
Ridding the government of fraud is next on his list.
"I want to clean out any financial corruption in Jefferson City," Schweich said.
- Helping departments manage federal stimulus money.
- Looking into more audits of public education spending.
- Re-evaluating the number of financial audits outsourced to private certified public accounting firms.
- Attacking financial corruption in Jefferson City.