Scott Fitzpatrick announces run for Missouri Auditor

A day before the announcement Fitzpatrick donated $250,000 to his campaign committee

By: - July 29, 2021 10:31 am

Missouri Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick, who previously served in the Missouri House (photo by Tim Bommel, Missouri House Communications).

Scott Fitzpatrick, the 33-year-old Missouri Treasurer and former House budget chairman, announced Thursday that he will seek the GOP nomination for state Auditor in 2022.

And a day earlier, in a sign that Fitzpatrick may self-finance his 2022 run, he cut a $250,000 check to his campaign committee. He’d previously reported $100,000 cash on hand as of July 1.

Less than a year after winning his first full term as state treasurer, Fitzpatrick is the first major candidate to announce his intention to run for the only statewide office in Missouri currently held by a Democrat.

The incumbent Democrat, Nicole Galloway, announced she wouldn’t seek another term last month.

So far, no Democrat has stepped forward to seek the office. Two other Republicans — House Speaker Rob Vescovo and state Rep. David Gregory — are said to be considering the race.

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.

He won a full term in November 2020, handily defeating Democrat Vicky Englund by 31 percentage points.

Under the Missouri Constitution, Fitzpatrick is eligible to run for re-election as treasurer for one more term in 2024.

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.

In a post announcing his candidacy on Facebook, Fitzpatrick said he will rely on “my experiences to eliminate waste, fraud and abuse while holding politicians and bureaucrats responsible for how they spend Missourians’ hard working money.”

Our stories may be republished online or in print under Creative Commons license CC BY-NC-ND 4.0. We ask that you edit only for style or to shorten, provide proper attribution and link to our web site. Please see our republishing guidelines for use of photos and graphics.

Jason Hancock
Jason Hancock

Jason Hancock has spent two decades covering politics and policy for news organizations across the Midwest, with most of that time focused on the Missouri statehouse as a reporter for The Kansas City Star. A three-time National Headliner Award winner, he helped launch The Missouri Independent in October 2020.