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Life as a Family Man

U.S. Sen. Schmitt joins joint MBS, ALA MGS Assembly

By Iris Alvarez & Audrey Mitchell (Crowder City)

and Caleb Wright & Xavier Wilson (MBS Richardson City)

U.S. Senator Eric Schmitt joined American Legion Auxiliary Missouri Girls State and American Legion Missouri Boys State citizens Monday night for their first joint assembly of this year’s session at Hyland Arena.

Honored to speak, Schmitt captured the attention of the audience and commanded the room. Originally from Bridgeton, Mo., Schmitt said he grew up with dreams of becoming a lawyer. He said his father was a key role model in his life growing up.

“I grew up in a hard-working, blue-collar family; I’m proud of that,” Schmitt said.

Schmitt advocates for working families, people with special needs and the importance of Missouri on a national level. One part of his speech to that point resulted in a lot of participation — when he mentioned countless successful Missourians of acclaim, from Harry S Truman to Brad Pitt.

“Not so fast — Missouri is the best state,” Schmitt said.

After his remarks, Schmitt told the Leader his work schedule is busy — typically 16 hours a day. He starts with a staff meeting, a community hearing and consultations with constituents. But he said while he works hard, he plays even harder.

“I have been practicing for the Congressional baseball team. ...Practices are at 4:45 (a.m.),” Schmitt said.

It is apparent he works diligently to serve the people. Schmitt said he strives for success in his political career, but family is always his top priority. He said he tries to make time to do as much as he can with them and wants to be there for his wife and kids.

“It is the most important job I’ll ever have is being a husband and a father, so I take that very seriously,” Schmitt said. “We are deliberate about the time when I am (in Missouri).

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