Tony Luetkemeyer

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Tony Luetkemeyer
Member of the Missouri Senate
from the 34th district
Assumed office
January 9, 2019
Personal details
BornSeptember 21, 1983
Political partyRepublican
ResidenceParkville, Missouri
Alma materUniversity of Missouri
ProfessionState Senator
Websitewww.tonyformissouri.com

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.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Luetkemeyer is a lifelong Missourian. He grew up in Southeast Missouri in Farmington.[2]

Luetkemeyer attended college at the University of Missouri, where he graduated with Bachelor of Arts degrees in History and Political Science, magna cum laude.[3] During college, he was elected president of the undergraduate student government, the Missouri Students Association.[4] 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.[2]

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.[2] 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.[3]

After law school, Luetkemeyer clerked for the Honorable Patricia Breckenridge on the Supreme Court of Missouri.[2] 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.[5] He is now senior corporate in-house counsel for a Kansas City-based company, where he oversees the company’s litigation.[6]

Luetkemeyer lives in Parkville, Missouri and is married to Lucinda H. Luetkemeyer.[7][2]

Missouri Senate[edit]

Luetkemeyer was sworn into the Missouri Senate on January 9, 2019, as a member of the 100th General Assembly.[8] He serves on the following committees:[9]

  • Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence, Chairman
  • Government Reform
  • General Laws
  • Gubernatorial Appointments
  • Rules, Joint Rules, Resolutions and Ethics

Legislative Accomplishments

Senate Joint Resolution 14 - Term Limits

Luetkemeyer sponsored Senate Joint Resolution 14.[10] 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.[11] 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.[12] 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.”[13] The bill was signed into law by Governor Mike Parson on July 10, 2019.

Electoral history[edit]

Luetkemeyer was elected to the Missouri Senate in the November 7, 2018 general election, after advancing from the August 7, 2018 primary.

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%.[14]

Missouri's 34th State Senate District Republican Primary Election Results, 2018[15]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Tony Luetkemeyer 11,679 53.67%
Republican Harry Roberts 10,083 46.33%
Margin of victory 1,596 7.34%
Total votes 21,762 100.0%

General

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%.[16][1]

Missouri's 34th State Senate District General Election Results, 2018[17]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Tony Luetkemeyer 38,648 52.47%
Democratic Martin T. Rucker II 35,015 47.53%
Margin of victory 3,633 4.94%
Total votes 73,663 100.0%
Republican hold

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Now, Mark Zinn News-Press. "MISSOURI SENATE | DISTRICT 34". News-Press NOW. Retrieved 2018-12-29.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Meet Tony". Tony Luetkemeyer For Missouri. Retrieved 2018-12-29.
  3. ^ a b "Board of Curators | University of Missouri System". www.umsystem.edu. Retrieved 2018-12-29.
  4. ^ "History // Missouri Students Association // University of Missouri". msa.missouri.edu. Retrieved 2018-12-29.
  5. ^ "Tony Luetkemeyer - a Kansas City, Missouri (MO) Tort Lawyer". pview.findlaw.com. Retrieved 2018-12-29.
  6. ^ "ZoonInfo, Tony Luetkemeyer".
  7. ^ "Housley/Luetkemeyer". Daily Journal Online. Retrieved 2018-12-29.
  8. ^ "Senate Journal - January 9, 2019" (PDF). www.senate.mo.gov. Retrieved 2019-01-11.
  9. ^ "Senator Tony Luetkemeyer – Missouri Senate". www.senate.mo.gov. Retrieved 2019-01-11.
  10. ^ "SJR14 - Modifies term limits for various elected public officers". www.senate.mo.gov. Retrieved 2019-05-18.
  11. ^ "Missouri Senate". Journal.
  12. ^ "SB224 - Modifies various Supreme Court Rules relating to discovery". www.senate.mo.gov. Retrieved 2019-05-18.
  13. ^ "Missouri Legislature pushes forward on tort reform". News Tribune. Retrieved 2019-05-18.
  14. ^ Now, Mark Zinn News-Press. "Platte County fuels Luetkemeyer victory". News-Press NOW.
  15. ^ "State of Missouri - Primary Election, August 07, 2018". Missouri Secretary of State. November 16, 2018.
  16. ^ "Democrats narrowly gain seats in local Missouri legislature races". kansascity. Retrieved 2018-12-29.
  17. ^ "State of Missouri - General Election, November 06, 2018". Missouri Secretary of State. November 16, 2018.