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Schweich leaves behind political legacy

Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich passed away late Thursday morning after an apparent suicide. Schweich entered the race for governor just last month. Schweich has a long history of public service, after working as a lawyer in St. Louis.

Schweich was the highest ranking Republican elected official in the state behind the Lieutenant Governor.

He leaves behind two children and his wife, Kathleen, who was home when she heard a single gunshot.

Schweich had an amazing career, starting with an ivy league education from Yale, and a law degree from Harvard.

After a lucrative career as a lawyer in St. Louis, he started a career in public service. He was chief of staff to former Ambassador to the United Nations, John Danforth, along with two the two following UN Ambassadors, Anne Patterson and John Bolton.

In the second term of the Bush Administration, he became the second highest ranking international law enforcement official in Afghanistan President Bush accorded him to the rank of ambassador.

Returning back to the U.S., he was elected twice by Missouri voters to be the state auditor, the first time in 2010.

In 2014, Democrats didn’t nominate a candidate to run against Schweich, and he coasted to the reelection.

Tom Schweich was 54 years old.

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