Missouri voters have chosen Republican state Sen. Eric Schmitt to be the state's next treasurer.

Schmitt won Tuesday's election, defeating Democratic rival and former state House member Judy Baker.

The treasurer oversees state spending and banking services and manages Missouri's investments.

Schmitt will replace Democratic Treasurer Clint Zweifel (ZWY'-ful), who is barred by term limits from seeking re-election. Zweifel's term ends in January.

Voters elected Schmitt to the Senate in 2008 and again in 2012. Before that he served as an alderman in his hometown of Glendale. He's also a lawyer.