Scott Fitzpatrick to be sworn in as state treasurer

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JEFFERSON CITY - Former House Budget Committee Chairman Scott Fitzpatrick will be sworn in Monday as Missouri’s state treasurer.

The ceremony will be held in the treasurer’s Capitol office at 3:30 p.m. and is open to the public.

Fitzpatrick will replace Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt as treasurer. Schmitt was sworn-in January 3 as Missouri’s attorney general; Governor Mike Parson appointed him to replace Josh Hawley who resigned in November to become a U.S. senator.

Fitzpatrick has “more experience and knowledge of the state budget than any other elected official,” Parson said at a press conference announcing the appointment in December.

Parson also brought attention to the fact that Fitzpatrick will become one of the youngest statewide elected officials currently at age 31.

Parson interviewed two women lawmakers, Jean Evans and Holly Rehder, for the position, but chose Fitzpatrick.

Fitzpatrick said he wants to make some changes in certain programs when he takes over.

“One thing I want to work on a lot is the linked deposit program, and former treasurer Schmitt created that Missouri First, so we're going to work on promoting that program, as well as increasing the number of MO Able accounts, [and] 529 accounts in the state," he said.

Fitzpatrick also talked about his background and why he is a good fit for the position.

“With my background in the budget, I have a good working relationship with the new house budget chairman,” he said.