Eric Greitens (born April 10, 1974) is an American politician who served as Missouri’s 56th governor from January 2017 until his resignation in June 2018 amid allegations of sexual assault and campaign finance violations. In 2016, he ran for governor of Missouri as a Republican. Greitens won the Republican primary over three opponents before defeating Democratic Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster in the general election.
He was the state of Missouri’s first Jewish governor. Greitens was charged with felony invasion of privacy and campaign-related charges in February 2018. In April 2018, he was charged with felony computer tampering; the charges were withdrawn in May 2018.
Greitens resigned from office on June 1, 2018, following the start of a special session of the Missouri General Assembly to consider impeachment. Greitens’ former hairdresser accused him of sexual assault in early 2018.
Greitens was born in St. Louis, Missouri, on April 10, 1974, to Becky and Rob Greitens. Greitens’ mother was a special education teacher, while his father worked for the Missouri Department of Agriculture as an accountant. Greitens was raised Jewish because his mother is Jewish and his father is Catholic. He was raised as a Democrat. Greitens attended Parkway North High School and graduated in 1992.
Eric Greitens attended Duke University after high school and majored in ethics, philosophy, and public policy. He earned an A.B. summa cum laude in 1996. Greitens received a Harry S. Truman Scholarship and was chosen as a Rhodes Scholar, allowing him to continue graduate studies at Oxford University. He attended Lady Margaret Hall and studied development studies, earning an M.Phil. in 1998 and a Ph.D. in 2000 for research on humanitarian organization initiatives on behalf of children in war-torn nations.
Eric Greitens served as a college student at two refugee camps, the Puntizela camp near Pula, Croatia, and the Gasinci camp near Osijek, Croatia, for six weeks. Greitens also worked as a volunteer United Nations photographer in Rwanda and Zaire.
|Real Name||Eric Greitens|
|Occupation||Military officer, Author, Writer, Politician|
|Date of Birth||1974/04/10|
|Place of Birth||St. Louis, Missouri, USA|
|Father Name||Rob Greitens|
|Mother Name||Becky Greitens|
|Awards Received||Rhodes Scholarship, Bronze Star Medal, White House Fellows, Purple Heart|
|Height||In Feet and Inches: 5’9″
In Cms: 178 cm
|Weight||In Kg: 75 kg
In Pounds: 165 lbs
|Education||Duke University, Parkway North High School, Officer Candidate School, Lady Margaret Hall|
|Employer||Washington University in St.Louis, The Mission Continues, University of Missouri|
|Political Party||Democratic Party, Republican Party|
|Position held||Governor of Missouri, Governor of Missouri, Governor of Missouri, Governor of Missouri|
|Spouse||Rebecca Wright, Sheena Elise Chestnut (2011 to 2020)|
- Greitens launched his campaign for governor of Missouri as a Republican on September 26, 2015.
- He got the largest single gift in a Missouri campaign, $1.975 million, shortly after a June 30, 2016, quarterly deadline for disclosing campaign contributions, which meant he did not have to reveal it until October, months after the primary. “SEALS for Truth,” a previously undisclosed Superpac, was the source.
- SEALS for Truth received the funds from another Superpac, the American Policy Coalition (APC), on the same day APC received the total sum. Greitens had promised supporters that he would focus his campaign on increasing transparency and combating corruption in state politics.
- APC, about which little was known online, was led by Ohio lawyer David Langdon, who had formed it in Kentucky in 2015.
- According to the Center for Public Integrity, at least 11 nonprofits associated with Langdon spent at least $22 million on ballot initiatives opposing abortion and same-sex marriage, as well as federal and state elections around the country, between the 2010 election cycle and early 2015.
- On March 12, 2017, the editorial boards of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and The Kansas City Star wrote a combined editorial slamming Greitens for “secret fundraising and hidden expenditures,” as well as practices like directing “security guards to prohibit reporters from getting close to him.”
- Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, a Republican candidate for the United States Senate, announced the launch of an investigation into Greitens’ 2016 campaign financing in 2018.
- Greitens received 236,250 votes (34.6 percent) over businessman John Brunner’s 169,425 (24.8 percent), Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder’s 141,498 (20.7%), and former Speaker Catherine Hanaway’s 136,350 votes (19.9 percent ).
- Greitens defeated Republican-turned-Democrat Chris Koster in the general election on November 8, 2016, with 51.3 percent of the vote to Koster’s 45.4 percent.
- The Missouri Ethics Commission penalized Greitens’ campaign $1,000 on April 28, 2017 for breaking state campaign ethics laws involving campaign disclosure.
- Greitens announced his candidacy for the Republican nominee in Missouri’s 2022 United States Senate election to replace retiring Roy Blunt in 2020.
- He is ahead of Missouri Attorney General Eric S. Schmitt in most Republican primary surveys.
- Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, former U.S. Secretary of the Interior and Navy SEAL Ryan Zinke, and Fox News star Kimberly Guilfoyle have all endorsed Greitens, with the latter joining his campaign as a national chair.
- Many Republican elected and former political officials, including Karl Rove, have publicly criticized Greitens’ campaign, claiming that the crisis surrounding his resignation as governor, extramarital affair, and sexual assault allegations will result in his defeat.
- Greitens raised $27,000 in the first month of his campaign, but his donations have tripled after receiving assistance from Republican contributor Richard Uihlein.
- Senator Josh Hawley (who had endorsed another candidate, Vicky Hartzler, the previous month) called on Greitens to quit out after his wife filed an affidavit accusing him of physical abuse in March 2022.
- A Republican-funded Super-PAC called “Show Me Values” was formed in June 2022 to fund and air advertising against Greitens in the run-up to the primary election.
- Greitens, like other Republican Senate candidates in 2022, pushed the “Great Replacement” conspiracy theory, a far-right ideology that acquired currency out of the Republican Party; he also accused Joe Biden of policies that “are an assault on the fundamental idea of America.”
- Greitens requested Donald Trump’s endorsement as a contender, but Trump declined instead praised Billy Long.
- Greitens launched a violent campaign advertisement in June 2022, showing him rushing into a house with a shotgun, flanked by men clad in full military gear with assault rifles.
- Greitens stated in the advertisement: “Join the MAGA team.There are no bagging or tagging restrictions, and it will not expire until we save our country.” “RINO” stands for “Republicans in name only.”
- The ad was heavily criticised, banned from Facebook, and labelled as dangerous on Twitter.
- Republican colleagues, including Missouri Senate Majority Leader Caleb Rowden and U.S. Representatives Barbara Comstock and Adam Kinzinger, criticized the ad.
- Greitens’ campaign denied that the ad condones violence, saying, “If someone doesn’t understand the metaphor, they are either lying or dumb.”
Eric Greitens Net Worth
According to numerous media outlets, his net worth as of this year is $ 3 million dollars.
The 48-year-old Congressman is believed to have acquired his fortune through means other than politics. He is estimated to earn more than $50,000 each year on average.
Eric Greitens Wife
Greitens’ first marriage to Rebecca Wright ended in divorce in 2003. From 2011 to 2020, Greitens was married to Sheena Elise Chestnut. They have two sons.
Eric Greitens Height
Eric Greitens stands 5 feet 9 inches tall and is a gorgeous man. He weighs 75 kg in a healthy way. His eyes are brown, and his hair is equally brown. He wears a size 7 shoe (US). His other body size is yet to be revealed.