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|Member of the Missouri Senate|
from the 34th district
|Assumed office |
January 9, 2019
|Born||September 21, 1983|
|Alma mater||University of Missouri|
Tony Luetkemeyer (born September 21, 1983) is an attorney and the state senator for the 34th Senatorial District of the Missouri Senate, representing Buchanan and Platte Counties in Northwest Missouri. He is a member of the Republican Party.
Luetkemeyer attended college at the University of Missouri, where he graduated with Bachelor of Arts degrees in History and Political Science, magna cum laude. During college, he was elected president of the undergraduate student government, the Missouri Students Association. During the summer after college, Luetkemeyer served as an intern in Washington D.C. at the White House, where he worked in the Domestic Policy Council during the administration of President George W. Bush.
Luetkemeyer attended law school at the University of Missouri, where he earned his Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, and was inducted into the Order of the Coif. While in law school, he was appointed by former Missouri Governor Matt Blunt to serve as the Student Representative to the University of Missouri Board of Curators.
After law school, Luetkemeyer clerked for the Honorable Patricia Breckenridge on the Supreme Court of Missouri. He began his law practice as an attorney at Shook Hardy & Bacon in Kansas City, where he focused on defending individuals and businesses in tort litigation. He is now senior corporate in-house counsel for a Kansas City-based company, where he oversees the company’s litigation.
- Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence, Chairman
- Government Reform
- General Laws
- Gubernatorial Appointments
- Rules, Joint Rules, Resolutions and Ethics
Senate Joint Resolution 14 - Term Limits
Luetkemeyer sponsored Senate Joint Resolution 14. The SJR passed the Missouri Senate 31-3 and the House of Representatives truly agreed and finally passed the measure on the last day of the 2019 legislative session. The SJR amends the Missouri Constitution to impose term limits on all state elected officials. Historically, term limits of two four-year terms applied to members of the legislature, the governor and state teasurer. Other statewide officials, including the lt. governor, secretary of state, auditor, and attorney general, were exempt from term limits. Because the measure amends the Missouri Constitution, it requires final approval by voters.
Senate Bill 224 - Discovery Rules
Luetkemeyer sponsored Senate Bill 224, a measure that passed the Missouri legislature in the 2019 legislative session. SB 224 was modeled off several provisions of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure relating to discovery, the process by which parties to a lawsuit gather evidence to support their case. The major features of SB 224 place certain presumed limitations on discovery, including the scope of discovery, the number and length of depositions, the number of interrogatories and requests for production, and discovabilty of electronically stored information (ESI). SB 224 was championed by the business and tort reform communities as an efficiency measure to reduce the cost and length of litigation. Of the measure, Luetkemeyer stated: “These reforms will expedite lawsuits, ensure more timely resolution of disputes and reduce costs for all parties involved.” The bill was signed into law by Governor Mike Parson on July 10, 2019.
Luetkemeyer was elected to the Missouri Senate in the November 7, 2018 general election, after advancing from the August 7, 2018 primary.
In the primary, Luetkemeyer faced Republican challenger Harry Roberts, the then-Presiding Commissioner of Buchanan County. In one of the most hotly contested state primaries of the 2018 cycle, Luetkemeyer won the Republican nomination with 53.7% of the vote to Roberts’ 46.3%.
|Margin of victory||1,596||7.34%|
In the November 7, 2018 general election, Luetkemeyer faced Democrat challenger Martin T. Rucker II, a former NFL player and All-American tight end at the University of Missouri. In what ended up being the most competitive state senate general election of the year, Luetkemeyer won the race with 52.5% of the vote, compared to Rucker’s 47.5%.
|Democratic||Martin T. Rucker II||35,015||47.53%|
|Margin of victory||3,633||4.94%|
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