Republican Tom Schweich committed suicide in Clayton, Missouri. He was the state auditor and was seeking the nomination for governor. Schweich was 54 years old.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. He Died Hours After Shooting Himself
St. Louis Today reports that he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was rushed to a hospital on the morning of February 26 where he was later pronounced dead. A statement from his office read, “He is receiving treatment at a local hospital. We ask for respect and privacy for him and his family during this time.”
His office described the incident only as a “medical situaiton.” Governor Jay Nixon offered his “heartfelt condolences” to Schweich’s family. All Missouri state flags will be flown at half-mast to honor Schweich. A prayer service was held for Schweich at the Missouri legislature (Above).
2. When He Was R-eelected as State Auditor in 2014, Schweich Won 73% of the Vote
He had been seeking to get the Republican nod for the 2016 gubernatorial election in Missouri. Schweich was facing off against former U.S. attorney Catherine Hanaway for the role. In November 2014, he had been re-elected as Missouri’s state auditor. In that election, he won a whopping 73% of the vote. He was first elected to the office in 2010.
3. He Was the U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan
Schweich formerly served as U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan. Prior to that he was the U.S. Coordinator for Counternarcotics and Justice Reform in the country, a role he was promoted to by President George W. Bush. His first job in government was helping Senator John Danforth’s investigation into the 1993 Waco siege. Before his work took him to Afghanistan, Schweich was the chief of staff to three U.S. Ambassadors to the United Nations.
4. Schweich Met His Wife in the 7th Grade
He is survived by his wife Kathleen and their children Emilie and Thomas. Tom met his wife in the 7th grade and were married 28 years ago, according to his bio at his official website.
5. He Wrote a No. 1 Amazon Bestseller
Schweich was a graduate of Yale, undergrad, and Harvard, where he received his law degree. After graduation, he went to work for Bryan Cave, the oldest law firm in Missouri. He also wrote three books, including Protect Yourself from Business Lawsuits, which was #1 on Amazon’s business law section for two years.