|Missouri State Auditor|
|2011 - Present|
|Years in position||4|
|Predecessor||Susan Montee (D)|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2014|
|First elected||November 2, 2010|
|Next general||November 2018|
|J.D.||Harvard Law School|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Political career
- 3 Elections
- 4 Campaign donors
- 5 Recent news
- 6 See also
- 7 External links
- 8 References
Schweich announced his entry into the 2016 race for Governor of Missouri on January 28, 2015. During the speech at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, he suggested that his campaign would focus on stronger ethics laws and consolidation of school districts. Schweich is not required to resign from the auditor's office during his run.
Following his graduation from Harvard Law School, Schweich began his career as an attorney with the law firm of Bryan Cave LLP. In 1999 and 2000, he was chief of staff for the Special Counsel investigation into the conduct of the U.S. government in connection with the 1993 siege of the Branch Davidian compound at Waco, Texas. Schweich went on to serve as Chief of Staff to three United States Ambassadors to the United Nations and as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and Acting Assistant Secretary of State at the Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs in the State Department. From 2007 to 2008, he served as the US Coordinator for Counternarcotics and Justice Reform in Afghanistan.
- Graduate, St. Louis County Public Schools
- Graduate, Yale
- J.D., Harvard Law School
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the St. Joseph School District...
The FBI probe
The rescinded suspension
The $2 million shortfall
The secret tapes
The ousted administrators
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The superintendent axed
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COO Rick Hartigan
HR Director Doug Flowers
Trustee Chris Danford
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State Sen. Robert Schaaf
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Schweich first won election to office in 2010. He won a second term in office on November 4, 2014.
Audit of St. Joseph School District
On February 17, 2015, Schweich released a 53-page audit of St. Joseph School District detailing a lack of financial control in the scandal-plagued district. This report indicated that secret stipends totaling $25 million were distributed to administrators over an eight-year period, including $3.8 million in 2014. Schweich issued a "poor" rating to the district, which means that the district needs to "significantly improve operations...that require management's immediate attention." The auditor's announcement of these findings drew a crowd of 250 community members and generated gasps from the audience at the scale of the stipend scandal.
Here is the summary of the stipend scandal as published in Schweich's report:
The St. Joseph School District's use of its existing salary schedules and stipend system has resulted in a confusing, inconsistently applied, and poorly documented system of compensation. Salary schedules were not complete or always properly approved, there were no salary schedules for some classes of employees, and the district did not have adequate documentation to support some employees' placement and advancement on respective salary schedules. The district failed to establish adequate policies and procedures regarding stipends, does not maintain adequate documentation of the stipend amounts paid to employees, and the School Board does not approve most stipends given to employees. Stipend payments totaled $3.8 million for the 2013-2014 school year. In addition, some additional compensation appears questionable and unnecessary, and the district is not complying with its overtime policies. 
—Missouri State Auditor, (2015), 
Lawsuit Governor Nixon
On Friday August 26, 2011, Schweich sued Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, alleging that the governor violated the state constitution by cutting spending on education and other services to help cover the costs of the Joplin tornado and spring flooding. Nixon had reportedly announced $170 million in budget cuts for the fiscal year that began July 1, 2011.
Schweich and his attorneys argued that the cuts were intended to be permanent and that the governor can reduce expenditures only when revenues fall below projections. Meanwhile, Nixon's attorneys claimed that the cuts were temporary and authorized under a constitutional section that gives the governor the power to control the rate of expenditures.
The section of the Missouri Constitution under question states, "The governor may control the rate at which any appropriation is expended during the period of the appropriation by allotment or other means, and may reduce the expenditures of the state or any of its agencies below their appropriations whenever the actual revenues are less than the revenue estimates upon which the appropriations were based."
Schweich announced after his 2014 re-election as Missouri State Auditor that he was considering a bid for governor in 2016. He officially launched his campaign for the office on January 28, 2015.
|Missouri Auditor, 2014|
|Republican||Tom Schweich Incumbent||73.3%||937,961|
|Election Results via Secretary of State.|
|Missouri State Auditor, 2010|
|Democratic||Susan Montee Incumbent||45.5%||871,867|
|Libertarian||Charles W. Baum||3.7%||70,816|
|Election Results via Missouri Secretary of State|
Comprehensive donor information for Schweich is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Schweich raised a total of $2,535,397 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 12, 2013.
|Thomas Schweich's Campaign Contribution History|
|Grand Total Raised||$2,535,397|
Ballotpedia collects information on campaign donors for each year in which a candidate or incumbent is running for election. The following table offers a breakdown of Thomas Schweich's donors each year. Click [show] for more information.
|Thomas Schweich's Campaign Contributions|
Missouri State Auditor
|Total Raised by General Election Opponent||$1,212,998 (Dem.)|
|Top 5 contributors||Friends of Peter Kinder||$220,000|
|Missouri Republican Party||$175,000|
|David Craig Humphreys||$95,000|
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- Missouri State Auditor Thomas Schweich
- Campaign website
- Profile from Vote-USA
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign contributions: 2012 (Auditor), 2012 (Governor), 2010
- Missouri Auditor Thomas Schweich on Facebook
- Follow Auditor Schweich on Twitter
- Missouri Auditor, " About us," accessed February 6, 2013
- PoliticMo, Schweich unchallenged in 2014 auditor’s cash race, June 19, 2013
- Daily Journal, "Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich to run for governor, setting up Republican primary in 2016," January 28, 2015
- Missouri State Auditor, "Citizens Summary," accessed February 20, 2015
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- The Associated Press, "UPDATE: Missouri auditor sues Gov. Nixon over disaster-related budget cuts" August 26, 2011
- The Associated Press, "Judge weighing Nixon's budget cuts" October 31, 2011
- The Rolla Daily News, "Schweich weighing running for Missouri governor," November 20, 2014
- Missouri Secretary of State, "November 2010 General Election Results," accessed May 18, 2011
- Follow the Money, "Career fundraising for Tom Schweich," accessed July 12, 2013
- Follow the Money.org, "Home," accessed February 17, 2015
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