Tom Schweich

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Tom Schweich
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36th Auditor of Missouri
Assumed office
January 10, 2011
Governor Jay Nixon
Preceded by Susan Montee
Personal details
Born (1960-10-02) October 2, 1960 (age 54)
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Kathleen Schweich
Children Emilie
Alma mater Yale University
Harvard University
Website Campaign website

Thomas A. "Tom" Schweich is an American politician, diplomat, attorney, and author. In the 2010 election, Schweich won the race for State Auditor of Missouri, defeating Democratic incumbent Susan Montee.[1]

Prior to being elected State Auditor, he served as U.S. Coordinator for Counternarcotics and Justice Reform in Afghanistan.[2] While in that position, he was given the rank of Ambassador by U.S. President George W. Bush.[3]

Education and legal career[edit]

Schweich is a fifth generation Missourian and a graduate of Missouri's public school system.[4] Schweich received his undergraduate degree from Yale University, and he obtained his law degree from Harvard Law School.[5] After law school he joined the oldest law firm in Missouri, Bryan Cave.[5] As a partner at Bryan Cave, Schweich specialized in corporate compliance, helping to manage internal audits and investigations for large companies.[3]

Public Service Career[edit]

Danforth Special Counsel Investigation into Waco Siege[edit]

Schweich began his public service career in 1999, when he was named Chief of Staff for former U.S. Senator John Danforth's investigation of the federal government's actions in connection with the 1993 FBI siege of the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas; a siege which resulted in the deaths of over 80 people, including 23 children.[5] The investigation concluded that the Davidians died as a result of a suicide pact, but it also uncovered numerous instances of negligent conduct in the way that the federal government conducted the siege.[6]

United Nations[edit]

John Danforth appointed Schweich to be his chief of staff when he was the United States Ambassador to the United Nations.[3] Schweich also served as chief of staff to the next two ambassadors to the United Nations, Anne W. Patterson and John R. Bolton.[2] During his time serving the United Nations delegation, he helped the delegation uncover the Oil for Food Scandal, a scheme by Saddam Hussein to circumvent United Nations sanctions using bribery and kickbacks to UN and other officials.[4]

Bush Administration[edit]

In 2005, Schweich became the second-highest ranking and then highest-ranking international law enforcement official in the U.S. State Department as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and Acting Assistant Secretary of State at the Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs.[4] He directed four thousand people located in dozens of countries with a budget of more than 2.5 billion dollars.[2] He was subsequently appointed Coordinator for Counternarcotics and Justice Reform in Afghanistan and was accorded the rank of Ambassador by President George W. Bush.[4]

Missouri Auditor[edit]

In 2010, Schweich sought and won the Republican nomination for Missouri State Auditor, defeating Missouri State Representative Allen Icet with 58.6% of the vote.[7]

In the general election, he faced incumbent and Democratic nominee Susan Montee.[7] Schweich defeated Montee on November 2, 2010, with a 51% to 45% margin of victory.[1]

Schweich made history in the 2014 election when the Democratic party failed to field a candidate against him.[8] The race marks the first time in 144 years that a Republican has run for a statewide office without any Democratic opposition.[9] Democrats attributed Schweich's implementation of an anti-embezzlement program, rapid response team, and grading system, strong fundraising numbers, and broad bipartisan support of his audits as reasons why he did not draw Democrat opposition for re-election.[8] In the general election, he was re-elected with 73% of the vote to Libertarian Sean O'Toole's 20% and Constitution nominee Rodney Farthing's 7%.

Writing career and personal interests[edit]

In addition to his public service career, Schweich is an avid numismatist and a collector of movie memorabilia.[10]

He has written three books and numerous articles on topics including business law, numismatic history, and international relations. Accolades for his work include three literary awards from the American Numismatic Association.[citation needed] He wrote his first book, Protect Yourself From Business Lawsuits (…and Lawyers Like Me) (Simon & Schuster), in 1998, and it became the best selling business law book on[5] He wrote his second book, Crashproof Your Life: A Comprehensive Three-Part Plan for Avoiding Financial Disasters (McGraw-Hill), in 2002.[4] He wrote his third book, Staying Power (McGraw-Hill), in 2003. In addition, he recorded an audio series on personal finance entitled "Protect Your Wealth," which was released in 2004.[citation needed]

Before becoming state auditor, Schweich was a member of the Washington University faculty, where he taught law and foreign policy.[3]

Electoral history[edit]

2010 Race for State Auditor of Missouri
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Tom Schweich 974,517 50.8%
Democratic Susan Montee 871,867 45.5% -5.3%
Libertarian Charles W. Baum 70,816 3.7% -47.1%


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Political offices
Preceded by
Susan Montee
Auditor of Missouri