ENG:Blaine Luetkemeyer (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
Luetkemeyer was born in Jefferson City, Missouri on May 7, 1952. 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. He has a 98% party unity. 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 ...
With an increasing number of servicemembers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-9) is urging spouses of those coming home to take advantage of a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) telephone support program designed to ease the transition for returning troops and their families.
“This telephone support program is an invaluable resource for our military families and veterans during the transition from service overseas to life back here at home,” Luetkemeyer said. “I urge folks to take advantage of this program as a way to deal with the ...
Throughout my time in Congress, I have worked aggressively to provide more certainty to American taxpayers by supporting tax policies that foster economic growth. Our tax code is too complicated, too cumbersome, and stands in the way of job growth. To address the long-term economic issues facing our nation, I believe our tax code should be flatter, fairer and simpler.
It would be irresponsible to raise taxes on hard-working Americans, especially during a time of great economic uncertainty and high levels of unemployment. Under a lower tax burden, Americans would have a greater incentive to ...
In July, as the Mamtek project in Moberly was on the brink of collapse, U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer met with a top immigration official to push along the company’s application for an investor visa program.
When the meeting took place, there were no outward signs of trouble. Construction was still under way, and plans were being made for the time when some of the promised 600 factory jobs would be filled.
On July 14 in Washington, D.C., Luetkemeyer, a Republican from St. Elizabeth, met with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Deputy Director Lori Scialabba to get the EB-5 ...
Helping Veterans, a President Veto Override, and So Much More It seems like September came and went in the blink of an eye. Fall has officially begun and even though the weather has cooled off in central and eastern Missouri, there was plenty of heated debate in Congress.
One difficult topic that we shed some light on is suicide prevention. September is recognized as National Suicide Prevention Month and, each day, 20 of our nation’s veterans commit suicide. This is a tragedy. Now, the Department of Veterans Affairs has a crisis line to counsel veterans in distress, but, I soon learned from a number of constituents that veterans have been placed on hold for long periods of time or even disconnected when attempting to get help. This is unacceptable. There are some commonsense improvements to the crisis line that have been recommended by the VA’s Office of Inspector General, but it sure doesn’t seem like they have been implemented. So, this week, I spearheaded a letter with several of my House colleagues to the VA to ensure these upd
Blaine's Bulletin: First Step Back Home I’m always struck by the extraordinary individuals I meet as I travel throughout Missouri’s 3rd District. From St. Charles to Camdenton and every point in between, it’s the spirit of our people that makes Missouri such a special place to live.
Recently, I had the pleasure of visiting First Step Back Home, a faith-based, non-profit charity serving the homeless in St. Charles, Lincoln, and Warren Counties. The organization was founded in 2005 and has been serving the needy on a daily basis each and every day since by providing temporary housing, transportation, counseling, job skills and distributing hot meals provided by local congregations. While I was there, I had the opportunity to sit down with some of the individuals being served by First Step Back Home. We discussed what the organization has done for them to get them prepared for and entered into the workforce and up on their feet. First Step Back Home focuses on helping those truly interested in becoming self-supporting,
Luetkemeyer Demands VA Improve Veterans Crisis Line With bipartisan support from the House of Representatives, U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) led a letter to the Department of Veterans Affairs demanding improvements to the Veterans Crisis Line.
“Helping veterans, especially at their most critical hour, is one of my highest priorities in Congress,” Luetkemeyer said. “It is unacceptable that veterans have been placed on hold when calling the Veterans Crisis Line and even sometimes disconnected. This letter demands that the VA do a better job of helping our veterans and asks the agency to update Congress as to the status of improvements recommended by the VA Office of Inspector General (VAOIG) to the Veterans Crisis Line.”
Luetkemeyer led the bipartisan letter with 39 additional members of Congress.
Blaine's Bulletin: Breast Cancer Awareness Month Many of us have been affected, one way or another, by cancer. Whether you are battling some form of the disease, or it is afflicting a loved one, friend, colleague, or neighbor – unfortunately, we are all bound to know someone who is fighting cancer. Both of my parents battled different forms of the disease.
I have been a proud supporter of funding for the National Institutes of Health during my time in Congress. This agency researches and finds cures for all types of cancer. However, with the month of October recognized as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I wanted to spend a little more time discussing my efforts in Congress to help individuals have access to the preventative care that is so critical to combating this disease.
Breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in women. The numbers are staggering. In Missouri, an estimated 5,030 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed among women this year and 88 women will die of the disease. In the United States, an