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Biography

Elected: 2008, 3rd term.

Born: May 7, 1952, Jefferson City, MO

Home: St. Elizabeth, MO

Education: Lincoln U., B.A. 1974

Professional Career: Loan officer, Bank of St. Elizabeth, 1978-2008; Pres., Luetkemeyer Insurance Agency, 1978-08; Dir., MO division of tourism, 2007-08.

Ethnicity: White/Caucasian

Religion: Catholic

Family: Married (Jackie) , 3 children ; 3 grandchildren

Republican Blaine Luetkemeyer, first elected in 2008, has a firm political grip on a large swath of suburban and rural Missouri and has been mentioned as a future candidate for statewide office. He once worked in the banking business and remains a firmly conservative protector of the industry as a member of the Financial Services Committee.

Luetkemeyer (LOOT-ka-myer) has Missouri roots that stretch back five generations. He grew up in St. Elizabeth, where his father worked as an insurance agent and then owned a bank. Luetkemeyer was a star high school baseball player, but his tryouts with the Kansas City Royals and Pittsburgh Pirates were unsuccessful. He graduated from Lincoln University, a historically black college in Jefferson City, with a degree in political science. He and his wife settled on his great-grandfather’s farm in St. Elizabeth. In addition to farming, Luetkemeyer became involved in his family’s banking operations and founded the Luetkemeyer Insurance Agency.

Luetkemeyer was elected in 1999 to the Missouri House of Representatives, where he developed a reputation as a thoughtful legislator. He campaigned for Missouri treasurer in 2004 but lost in the Republican primary. In 2007, Luetkemeyer was appointed director of the Missouri Division of Tourism.

A year later, the 9th District House seat came open when Republican Rep. Kenny Hulshof decided to run for governor to succeed retiring Republican Gov. Matt Blunt. Luetkemeyer entered a five-way GOP primary and was viewed by Republican politicos as the favorite. The conservative anti-tax group Club for Growth endorsed GOP state Rep. Bob Onder, although Luetkemeyer received a critical endorsement from Missouri Right to Life. Luetkemeyer trounced the competition with 40% of the vote.

In the general election, he faced state Rep. Judy Baker, a health care consultant from Columbia. Republicans did not think Baker’s liberal message would play well in the district’s conservative-leaning rural counties. Luetkemeyer ran as a social conservative opposed to abortion rights and same-sex marriage. He emphasized his farming background to the district’s largely rural constituency. He raised $2.8 million, two-thirds of it his own money; Baker raised $1.7 million. In the election, Baker managed to carry populous Boone County, but Luetkemeyer prevailed in the rural counties and those west of St. Louis. He won 50%-47.5%.

In the House, Luetkemeyer joined the Tea Party Caucus and established himself as a devout social and fiscal conservative. He successfully amended a House-passed bill in February 2011 barring the United States from contributing to the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which he said engaged in “dubious science.” Earlier, he told a tea party rally that most of conservative cable provocateur Glenn Beck’s controversial assertions “must be true, because nobody’s refuting” them. He dismissed President Barack Obama’s economic stimulus law as a “large-scale failure,” but the liberal think tank Center for American Progress noted that he later called “critical” a grant from the program in Frankford and joined Missouri lawmakers in requesting $100 million in stimulus money for a road project.

Luetkemeyer introduced a bill in February 2012 barring the Health and Human Services Department from forcing organizations to provide contraceptive and sterilization coverage in violation of their religious beliefs and blasted HHS six months later when it put a rule to the contrary in effect. “It is a sad day when our government completely disrespects Americans’ religious freedoms and conscience rights,” he said.

Following the Republican takeover of the House in 2010, Luetkemeyer won a seat on the Financial Services Committee. He and Rep. David Scott, D-Ga., got a bill into law in 2012 eliminating the physical fee-warning notices on automatic-teller machines in favor of having them displayed on-screen. Luetkemeyer also won House approval that year for a bill eliminating the requirement that banks mail customers annual privacy notices even if their privacy policies have not changed. And he organized conservative support for the reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank, which some on the right opposed as unnecessary government intervention. Earlier, he scorned the Democrats’ Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform bill as detrimental to small banks, saying in a Washington Times op-ed, “People on Main Street understand that community banks did not cause the financial crisis and that they already carry daunting regulatory burdens.”

Luetkemeyer coasted to reelection with 77% of the vote in 2010 over a libertarian candidate. Two years later, post-2010-census redistricting made his district, which once covered northeastern Missouri, into a central Missouri seat stretching from his home south of Jefferson City to the St. Louis suburbs. It removed the liberal college town of Columbia, and so became more Republican than it was before, helping him to win with 63% of the vote in 2012.

Office Contact Information

MAIN OFFICE

(202) 225-2956

(202) 225-5712

RHOB- Rayburn House Office Building Room 2440
Washington, DC 20515-2503

MAIN OFFICE

(202) 225-2956

(202) 225-5712

RHOB- Rayburn House Office Building Room 2440
Washington, DC 20515-2503

DISTRICT OFFICE

(573) 635-7232

(573) 635-8347

2117 Missouri Boulevard
Jefferson City, MO 65109

DISTRICT OFFICE

(573) 635-7232

(573) 635-8347

2117 Missouri Boulevard
Jefferson City, MO 65109

DISTRICT OFFICE

(636) 239-2276

(636) 239-0478

516 Jefferson Street
Washington, MO 63090

DISTRICT OFFICE

(636) 239-2276

(636) 239-0478

516 Jefferson Street
Washington, MO 63090

DISTRICT OFFICE

(636) 327-7055

(636) 327-3254

113 East Pearce Boulevard
Wentzville, MO 63385

DISTRICT OFFICE

(636) 327-7055

(636) 327-3254

113 East Pearce Boulevard
Wentzville, MO 63385

CAMPAIGN OFFICE

(573) 557-3301

215 Main Street
St. Elizabeth, MO 65075

CAMPAIGN OFFICE

215 Main Street
St. Elizabeth, MO 65075

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Staff

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Agriculture

Trey McKenzie
Legislative Assistant

Banking

Chris Brown
Deputy Chief of Staff

chrisbrown@mail.house.gov
(202) 225-2956

Budget

Kristina Weger
Communications Director; Legislative Director

Campaign

Seth Appleton
Chief of Staff

Jeremy Ketterer
District Office Director

Crime

Trey McKenzie
Legislative Assistant

Education

Claire Trokey
Legislative Correspondent

Energy

Trey McKenzie
Legislative Assistant

Environment

Trey McKenzie
Legislative Assistant

Finance

Chris Brown
Deputy Chief of Staff

chrisbrown@mail.house.gov
(202) 225-2956

Foreign

Lucas West
Legislative Assistant

lucas.west@mail.house.gov
(202) 225-2956

Govt Ops

Gun Issues

Lucas West
Legislative Assistant

lucas.west@mail.house.gov
(202) 225-2956

Health

Kristina Weger
Communications Director; Legislative Director

Homeland Security

Trey McKenzie
Legislative Assistant

Housing

Chris Brown
Deputy Chief of Staff

chrisbrown@mail.house.gov
(202) 225-2956

Immigration

Claire Trokey
Legislative Correspondent

Judiciary

Claire Trokey
Legislative Correspondent

Labor

Lucas West
Legislative Assistant

lucas.west@mail.house.gov
(202) 225-2956

Land Use

Trey McKenzie
Legislative Assistant

Lobbying Politics

Chris Brown
Deputy Chief of Staff

chrisbrown@mail.house.gov
(202) 225-2956

Medicare

Kristina Weger
Communications Director; Legislative Director

Military

Lucas West
Legislative Assistant

lucas.west@mail.house.gov
(202) 225-2956

Rules

Seth Appleton
Chief of Staff

Science

Lucas West
Legislative Assistant

lucas.west@mail.house.gov
(202) 225-2956

Small Business

Trey McKenzie
Legislative Assistant

Social Security

Kristina Weger
Communications Director; Legislative Director

Tax

Kristina Weger
Communications Director; Legislative Director

Technology

Lucas West
Legislative Assistant

lucas.west@mail.house.gov
(202) 225-2956

Telecommunications

Kristina Weger
Communications Director; Legislative Director

Trade

Trey McKenzie
Legislative Assistant

Transportation

Trey McKenzie
Legislative Assistant

Welfare

Lucas West
Legislative Assistant

lucas.west@mail.house.gov
(202) 225-2956

Election Results

2012 GENERAL
Blaine Luetkemeyer
Votes: 214,843
Percent: 63.49%
Eric Mayer
Votes: 111,189
Percent: 32.86%
2012 PRIMARY
Blaine Luetkemeyer
Unopposed
2010 GENERAL
Blaine Luetkemeyer
Votes: 162,724
Percent: 77.36%
Christopher Dwyer
Votes: 46,817
Percent: 22.26%
2010 PRIMARY
Blaine Luetkemeyer
Votes: 59,684
Percent: 82.97%
James Baker
Votes: 12,248
Percent: 17.03%
2008 GENERAL
Blaine Luetkemeyer
Votes: 161,031
Percent: 49.99%
Judy Baker
Votes: 152,956
Percent: 47.49%
2008 PRIMARY
Blaine Luetkemeyer
Votes: 21,543
Percent: 39.68%
Bob Onder
Votes: 15,752
Percent: 29.01%
Danielle Moore
Votes: 10,609
Percent: 19.54%
Brock Olivo
Votes: 5,501
Percent: 10.13%
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (77%), 2008 (50%)

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