Governor Parson has named State Treasurer Eric Schmitt as the next Attorney General of Missouri.

The Governor made the announcement Tuesday morning in Jefferson City.

Parson issued a statement, saying “As Governor, I take the responsibility to make appointments very seriously. Now that Josh Hawley will soon be serving in the United States Senate, I have the responsibility to ensure we provide stability and instill confidence for all Missourians that their government will continue to work for them. I am incredibly proud and pleased to announce that Eric Schmitt will be Missouri’s next Attorney General. It was important to appoint someone who has already been thoroughly vetted by the people of Missouri. Eric is someone who I highly respect, personally trust, and have full confidence to serve as Missouri’s chief law enforcement officer.”

Current Attorney General Josh Hawley was elected last week to the U.S. Senate, and will resign from his current office effective January 3, 2019.