Sources: State Auditor Schweich dead from self-inflicted gunshot

5 years 5 months 6 days ago Thursday, February 26 2015 Feb 26, 2015 Thursday, February 26, 2015 12:49:00 PM CST February 26, 2015 in News
By: Christina Santiago, KOMU 8 Digital Producer and The Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY - Missouri Auditor and gubernatorial candidate Tom Schweich died Thursday.

According to the St. Louis Post Dispatch, a police source said Schweich sustained a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The Associated Press cited the auditor's spokesman Spence Jackson, who originally said Schweich "experienced a medical situation at his home" in Clayton on Thursday morning and was being treated at a St. Louis area hospital.

Below are statements from Schweich's political colleagues:

Gov. Jay Nixon: "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. The First Lady and I send our most heartfelt condolences to Tom's wife Kathy and two children, Emilie and Thomas, Jr."

U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03): "Today, Missouri lost a man who was a true public servant through and through. Tom Schweich, a fifth-generation Missourian, is someone who would fight day and night to better our great state. Tom will always be remembered as a true conservative and a loving and devoted father and husband. He will be deeply missed by his colleagues, and friends, and my thoughts and prayers go out to his family during this difficult time."

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt: "Tom was very smart, very capable, outstanding at his job, and a good friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with Kathy, their children, and the rest of Tom's friends and family as they deal with this tragic loss."

Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-04): "I am heartbroken to hear of Tom's death. He was a dedicated public servant who truly cared for and fought for Missourians. My heart, thoughts, and prayers go out to his wife and children."

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill: "I am very sad, and hurt so much for Tom Schweich's family. He was a good man, and a dedicated public servant, who served our country in so many capacities with distinction and honor. Hug those you love."

According to his website, Schweich was a fifth-generation Missourian and a graduate of St. Louis County Public Schools, Yale, and Harvard Law School.

Schweich began his professional career at Bryan Cave LLP, where he practiced law for more than 20 years, focusing on government contracts, corporate internal investigations and audits, litigation, and commercial disputes.

Schweich had served as state auditor since January 2011 and won re-election to a second, four-year term in November. He announced last month that he was seeking the GOP nomination for governor in 2016.

Before entering politics, Schweich worked as a private-sector attorney and for the federal government. He served as chief of staff to the U.S. Mission to the United Nations and later worked in the State Department, where he was assigned to coordinate an anti-drug initiative in Afghanistan.

Related Stories

More News

Grid
List
NEW FLORENCE -- A train went off the tracks in New Florence this morning. According to a Facebook post... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, August 02 2020 Aug 2, 2020 Sunday, August 02, 2020 9:16:00 AM CDT August 02, 2020 in News
MEXICO – Trish Harris of Mexico, Mo. says she reminds her 2-year-old everyday who his father is. His father,... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, August 01 2020 Aug 1, 2020 Saturday, August 01, 2020 8:54:00 PM CDT August 01, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Two schools, two graduations. Graduates had the opportunity to finally celebrate four years worth of hard work Saturday.... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, August 01 2020 Aug 1, 2020 Saturday, August 01, 2020 7:56:00 PM CDT August 01, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A former assistant state attorney general and a former federal prosecutor are vying in Tuesday's Democratic... More >>
2 days ago Saturday, August 01 2020 Aug 1, 2020 Saturday, August 01, 2020 12:57:00 PM CDT August 01, 2020 in News
WARRENSBURG - One woman is dead and two people are injured after a shooting in Warrensburg Saturday morning. ... More >>
2 days ago Saturday, August 01 2020 Aug 1, 2020 Saturday, August 01, 2020 12:00:00 PM CDT August 01, 2020 in News
QUINCY, Ill. - One suspect in a deadly Audrain County home invasion was arrested Friday night. Quincy Police said... More >>
2 days ago Saturday, August 01 2020 Aug 1, 2020 Saturday, August 01, 2020 10:58:00 AM CDT August 01, 2020 in News
As COVID-19 continues to spread, KOMU 8 will continue to update you about impacts in the community. You can... More >>
2 days ago Saturday, August 01 2020 Aug 1, 2020 Saturday, August 01, 2020 9:13:00 AM CDT August 01, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - 58-year-old Columbia resident Clayton Jacobs has been reported missing after he was last seen by his neighbors on... More >>
2 days ago Saturday, August 01 2020 Aug 1, 2020 Saturday, August 01, 2020 12:15:00 AM CDT August 01, 2020 in News
MILWAUKEE ( KSDK ) — The Cardinals-Brewers game scheduled for Friday afternoon has been postponed again due to... More >>
2 days ago Friday, July 31 2020 Jul 31, 2020 Friday, July 31, 2020 11:00:00 PM CDT July 31, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia Public Schools have mandated that their elementary schools will have prepackaged school supplies. The school supplies... More >>
2 days ago Friday, July 31 2020 Jul 31, 2020 Friday, July 31, 2020 7:43:00 PM CDT July 31, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA — On Thursday, the Southeastern Conference announced that all participating schools football teams would play a 10 game conference-only... More >>
3 days ago Friday, July 31 2020 Jul 31, 2020 Friday, July 31, 2020 5:45:00 PM CDT July 31, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Graduation ceremonies continued Friday for Columbia Public School seniors, this time with Douglass High School. "I had... More >>
3 days ago Friday, July 31 2020 Jul 31, 2020 Friday, July 31, 2020 5:20:00 PM CDT July 31, 2020 in News
OSAGE BEACH — The Osage Beach Police Department arrested 50-year-old Terry Dickens on Thursday after following the vehicle from a... More >>
3 days ago Friday, July 31 2020 Jul 31, 2020 Friday, July 31, 2020 4:55:00 PM CDT July 31, 2020 in News
BOSTON — A federal appeals court Friday threw out Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s death sentence in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, saying... More >>
3 days ago Friday, July 31 2020 Jul 31, 2020 Friday, July 31, 2020 4:52:06 PM CDT July 31, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA — Elementary students in the Columbia Public School system who are attending in-person classes can purchase prepackaged, sanitized supply... More >>
3 days ago Friday, July 31 2020 Jul 31, 2020 Friday, July 31, 2020 4:03:00 PM CDT July 31, 2020 in News
TIPTON - A person who tested positive for COVID-19 attended two summer activities at Tipton R-VI School, according to the... More >>
3 days ago Friday, July 31 2020 Jul 31, 2020 Friday, July 31, 2020 3:51:00 PM CDT July 31, 2020 in News
SEDALIA —The state fair will look different this year. According to a release by the Missouri State Fair, fairgoers... More >>
3 days ago Friday, July 31 2020 Jul 31, 2020 Friday, July 31, 2020 3:39:00 PM CDT July 31, 2020 in News
Mizzou head basketball coach sat down in a virtual zoom call with the media for the first time this summer... More >>
3 days ago Friday, July 31 2020 Jul 31, 2020 Friday, July 31, 2020 3:03:00 PM CDT July 31, 2020 in Sports
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 73°
8pm 70°
9pm 67°
10pm 66°
11pm 64°