Blaine Luetkemeyer

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Blaine Luetkemeyer
Blaine Luetkemeyer.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Missouri's 3rd district
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 3, 2013
Preceded by Russ Carnahan
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Missouri's 9th district
In office
January 3, 2009 – January 3, 2013
Preceded by Kenny Hulshof
Succeeded by District eliminated
Member of the Missouri House of Representatives
from the 115th district
In office
January 1999 – January 2005
Preceded by Don Steen
Succeeded by Rodney Schad
Personal details
Born (1952-05-07) May 7, 1952 (age 62)
Jefferson City, Missouri, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Jackie Luetkemeyer
Residence St. Elizabeth, Missouri
Alma mater Lincoln University
Occupation Banker/Insurance Agent
Religion Roman Catholic
Website luetkemeyer.house.gov/

Blaine Luetkemeyer (/ˈltkəmaɪər/; born May 7, 1952) is the U.S. Representative for Missouri's 3rd congressional district. He represented Missouri's 9th congressional district from 2009 to 2013, until that district was eliminated as a result of the 2010 Census. The district contains most of Northeastern Missouri. Luetkemeyer is a member of the Republican Party.

Early life, education, and pre-political career[edit]

Luetkemeyer was born in Jefferson City, Missouri on May 7, 1952.[1] He attended Lincoln University in Jefferson City and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and with a minor in business administration. A lifelong farmer who is the fourth generation of his family to own their farm, Luetkemeyer has also owned several small businesses, as well as running a bank and serving as an insurance agent. He also served on the Board of Trustees for the village of St. Elizabeth.

Missouri state politics[edit]

In 1998, Luetkemeyer was elected to the Missouri House of Representatives from the 115th district.[2] During his time as a state representative, Luetkemeyer served as chair of the Financial Services Committee and as House Republican Caucus Chairman. During his time in the state legislature, Luetkemeyer co-sponsored the statewide constitutional amendment defining marriage as being between a man and a woman, which was overwhelmingly approved by Missouri voters statewide in 2004 by a margin of 71-29. He also worked on legislation which allowed Missourians to carry concealed firearms, banning partial-birth abortions, and reforming worker compensation laws.

In 2004, he did not seek reelection but instead was one of seven Republicans who ran for the office of State Treasurer. He finished second in the Republican primary, losing to Sarah Steelman who went on to win the general election. In 2005, Luetkemeyer was appointed by former Governor Matt Blunt to serve as Missouri Tourism Director, a post he held until running for the U.S. House of Representatives in 2008. One of his projects was working with Blunt and Lt. Governor Peter Kinder to start the Tour of Missouri, a cycling event modeled on the Tour de France.[citation needed]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

Elections[edit]

2008

In 2008, Luetkemeyer defeated Democrat Judy Baker and Libertarian Party candidate Tamara Millay for the seat vacated by Kenny Hulshof.[3]

2010

Luetkemeyer defeated Libertarian nominee Christopher W. Dwyer and write-in candidates Jeff Reed and Ron Burrus.

2012

Luetkemeyer claimed 63.5% of the vote in defeating Democrat Eric C. Mayer (32.9%), and Libertarian Steven Wilson (3.7%).[4]

Committee assignments[edit]

Legislation[edit]

On October 23, 2013, Luetkemeyer introduced the bill To enhance the ability of community financial institutions to foster economic growth and serve their communities, boost small businesses, increase individual savings (H.R. 3329; 113th Congress) into the House.[5] The bill would direct the Federal Reserve to revise certain regulations related to small bank holding companies (BHCs).[6][7] Current regulations allow BHCs with assets of less than $500 million that satisfy other tests to incur higher amounts of debt than larger institutions in order to acquire other banks.[6] H.R. 3329 would apply the less-stringent standard to more BHCs by raising the asset limit to $1 billion, and the bill also would allow savings and loan holding companies to qualify.[6]

In August 2014, Luetkemeyer introduced a bill that would limit federal financial regulators' ability to restrict alleged fraudsters from the banking system through investigations such as Operation Choke Point.[8]

Controversies[edit]

In November 2009, the New York Times reported that Blaine Luetkemeyer and Joe Wilson made identical written statements, saying that "One of the reasons I have long supported the U.S. biotechnology industry is that it is a homegrown success story that has been an engine of job creation in this country. Unfortunately, many of the largest companies that would seek to enter the biosimilar market have made their money by outsourcing their research to foreign countries like India." The statement was originally drafted by lobbyists for Genentech, a multinational biotechnology firm headquartered in South San Francisco, California.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Luetkemeyer has been married since 1976 to his wife Jackie. They have three children. He has one granddaughter, Riley, and two grandsons, Luke and Evan. Luetkemeyer is a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Eldon Chamber of Commerce, the Farm Bureau, the National Rifle Association, and attends St. Lawrence Catholic Church.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Members of Congress: Blaine Luetkemeyer". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2 January 2011. 
  2. ^ http://sos.mo.gov/archives/history/historicallistings/molegl.asp
  3. ^ Eason, Brian (November 5, 2008). "Luetkemeyer to represent Missouri's 9th congressional district". Columbia Missourian. Retrieved January 2, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Election Results U.S. House 3rd District". Missouri Secretary of State website. 7 November 2012. Retrieved 8 November 2012. 
  5. ^ "H.R. 3329 - Summary". United States Congress. Retrieved 4 May 2014. 
  6. ^ a b c "CBO - H.R. 3329". Congressional Budget Office. Retrieved 4 May 2014. 
  7. ^ Cristina Marcos; Ramsey Cox (6 May 2014). "Tuesday: House reforms Dodd-Frank, Senate debates energy bill". The Hill. Retrieved 6 May 2014. 
  8. ^ Carter, Zach (August 27, 2014). "House Republicans Are Trying To Make Money Laundering A Lot Easier". The Huffington Post. Archived from the original on August 27, 2014. Retrieved August 27, 2014. 
  9. ^ Pear, Robert (2009-11-14). "In House, Many Spoke With One Voice – Lobbyists'". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-11-24. 

External links[edit]

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Kenny Hulshof
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Missouri's 9th congressional district

2009–2013
Succeeded by
District eliminated
Preceded by
Russ Carnahan
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Missouri's 3rd congressional district

2013–present
Incumbent
United States order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Leonard Lance
R-New Jersey
United States Representatives by seniority
243rd
Succeeded by
Ben R. Luján
D-New Mexico