Blaine Luetkemeyer

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Blaine Luetkemeyer
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Missouri's 3rd district
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 Constituency abolished
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 66)
Jefferson City, Missouri, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Jackie Luetkemeyer
Residence St. Elizabeth, Missouri
Alma mater Lincoln University, Missouri
Occupation Farmer, insurance agent
Religion Roman Catholicism
Website House website

Blaine Luetkemeyer (/ˈltkəmaɪər/; born May 7, 1952) is the U.S. Representative for Missouri's 3rd congressional district, a post he has held since 2009. The district, numbered as the 9th district from 2009 to 2013, contains most of east-central Missouri. Luetkemeyer is a member of the Republican Party.

Early life, education, and pre-political career

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

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, banned partial-birth abortions, and reformed worker compensation laws. In addition, he has supported the de-regulation of the financial industry—specifically the lending industry.

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

Elections

2008

In the Republican primary, Luetkemeyer won with 39.7% of the vote, against rivals state representatives Bob Onder and Danie Moore, as well as Brock Olivo and Dan Bishir. Then in the general election Luetkemeyer defeated (with 50.0%) Democrat Judy Baker (47.5%) and Libertarian Party candidate Tamara Millay (2.5%) for the seat vacated by Kenny Hulshof.[3]

2010

Luetkemeyer defeated Charles Baker in the Republican primary, then went on to defeat Libertarian nominee Christopher W. Dwyer and write-in candidates Jeff Reed and Ron Burrus in the general election.

2012

Missouri was cut down to eight districts after the 2010 Census as a result of decades of population growth slower than the national average. Luetkemeyer's district was renumbered as the 3rd district. It lost most of its northern portion to the 6th district. To make up for the loss of population, it was pushed slightly to the west, gaining all of Jefferson City. Luetkemeyer already represented the share of the capital located in Callaway County, but picked up Cole County in the redistricting.

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

2014

In the August primary, Luetkemeyer defeated two rivals with almost 80% of the vote. Then in November, he claimed 68.3% of the vote in defeating Democrat Courtney Denton, Libertarian Steven Hedrick, and write-in candidate Harold Davis.

Committee assignments

Legislation

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]

On June 26, 2014, Luetkemeyer introduced H.R.4986, that would end the controversial Operation Choke Point[8] which was designed to limit the activities of money launderers, but has come under criticism for alleged abuse.[9] Later, on November 20, 2014, in a further effort to end Operation Choke Point, Luetkemeyer introduced additional legislation that would require federal banking agencies to put in writing any suggestion or order to terminate a customer’s banking account.[10][11]

Personal life

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.[12]

Election History

U.S. House of Representatives

District 9

2008
Missouri's 9th congressional district election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Blaine Luetkemeyer 161,031 49.99
Democratic Judy Baker 152,956 47.49
Libertarian Tamara Millay 8,108 2.5
Total votes 322,095 100.00
Republican hold
2010
Missouri's 9th congressional district election, 2010[13]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Blaine Luetkemeyer (incumbent) 162,724 77.36
Libertarian Christopher Dwyer 46,817 22.26
Write-in Jeff Reed 748 0.36
Write-in Ron Burrus 69 0.03
Total votes 210,358 100.00

District 3

2012
Missouri 3rd Congressional District 2012[14]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Blaine Luetkemeyer (Incumbent) 214,843 63.49
Democratic Eric C. Mayer 111,189 32.86
Libertarian Steven Wilson 12,353 3.65
Total votes 338,385 100.0

2014

Missouri 3rd congressional district election, 2014[15]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Blaine Luetkemeyer (Incumbent) 130,940 68.33
Democratic Courtney Denton 52,021 27.15
Libertarian Steven Hedrick 8,593 4.48
Write-in Harold Davis 66 0.03
Total votes 191,620 100.00

References

  1. "Members of Congress: Blaine Luetkemeyer". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2 January 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  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.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Election Results U.S. House 3rd District". Missouri Secretary of State website. 7 November 2012. Retrieved 8 November 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "H.R. 3329 - Summary". United States Congress. Retrieved 4 May 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 "CBO - H.R. 3329". Congressional Budget Office. Retrieved 4 May 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. Cristina Marcos; Ramsey Cox (6 May 2014). "Tuesday: House reforms Dodd-Frank, Senate debates energy bill". The Hill. Retrieved 6 May 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. "H.R.4986 - End Operation Choke Point Act of 2014". 113th Congress (2013-2014). United States Congress. Retrieved 24 November 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. Raasch, Chuck (14 November 2014). "Luetkemeyer says feds to investigate 'Operation Choke Point'". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Retrieved 22 November 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. "Luetkemeyer Introduces Legislation to Protect Customers from Operation Choke Point". Retrieved 24 November 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. "H.R.5758 - Financial Institution Customer Protection Act of 2014". 113th Congress (2013-2014). United States Congress. Retrieved 24 November 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  12. "Biography - Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer". The Office of Blaine Leutkemeyer. United States House of Representatives. Retrieved 24 November 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  13. "November 2, 2010 General Election". Missouri Secretary of State. November 30, 2010. Retrieved April 5, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  14. "Nov 6, 2012 General Election: Election Night Reporting: Missouri Secretary of State". Missouri Secretary of State. Retrieved January 3, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  15. "State of Missouri - General election - November 6, 2012". Missouri Secretary of State. December 5, 2012. Retrieved March 9, 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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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
Constituency abolished
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
United States Representatives by seniority
206th
Succeeded by
Ben Luján