Scott Fitzpatrick wins Missouri treasurer race over Vicki Englund

State Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick speaks during an Oct. 27, 2020, campaign appearance in Columbia. (Rudi Keller/Missouri Independent)

Republican Scott Fitzpatrick has defeated Democrat Vicki Englund to earn a four-year term as Missouri Treasurer.

Fitzpatrick, 33, was declared the winner by the Associated Press shortly after 10:30 p.m. with Fitzpatrick holding a 29 percentage point lead over England, 46.

Gov. Mike Parson appointed Fitzpatrick as treasurer and he was sworn into office in January 2019. The office was vacated by Eric Schmitt, who Parson appointed to serve as attorney general after the resignation of Josh Hawley to take a seat in the U.S. Senate.

Under the Missouri Constitution, Fitzpatrick will be eligible to run for re-election for one more term.

Before becoming treasurer, Fitzpatrick served in the Missouri House, including a stint as chairman of the influential House budget committee. In 2003, Fitzpatrick founded MariCorp U.S. as a boat dock repair firm on Table Rock Lake in Shell Knob, Mo. In 2006 he expanded the company’s reach to include manufacturing and installation of new docks and boat lifts.

The state treasurer manages $1 billion in unclaimed property, manages a small business and agriculture economic development program and administers the state’s tax-advantaged education and disability savings plans.

The treasurer also sits on various boards, such as the Missouri Housing Development Commission.