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 ...
Blaine's Bulletin: More Must Be Done to Combat Opioid Abuse There are threats that face our country each and every day. There are also threats that Missourians face on a daily basis. Currently, much of the country, along with many individuals in the state knows someone or has personally dealt with the effects of opioid abuse.
The opioid epidemic is real. It’s happening in nearly every town, in every county, in every state. In Missouri alone, the drug overdose death rate has increased by four percent from 2013 to 2014. Approximately seven percent of high school students in the state of Missouri have misused prescription pain medication by age 17 and Missouri non-medical opioid use among individuals between the ages of 18-25 exceeds the national rate.
Nationally, 44 American lives are lost each day to prescription opioid abuse and many Missourians have friends, neighbors, or family members that have been impacted negatively by this epidemic. The numbers really hit home when you dig into the county-level data to see the number of people in ou
Luetkemeyer Recognizes Four Fulbright Recipients from 3rd Congressional District In recognition of their academic excellence and a deep understanding of national security and foreign affairs issues, four students from Missouri’s 3rd Congressional District have been honored with the prestigious J. William Fulbright scholarship.
The four recipients are: Dr. Allison Kabel from Fulton, Ms. Erin Lee from O’Fallon, Mr. Joseph Meinert from New Haven, and Ms. Ashley Schwarzer from Jefferson City.
“Each year, 3,000 students and professionals across the country are awarded the Fulbright scholarship and I am incredibly honored to say that in 2016, four of those individuals are from Missouri’s 3rd District,” Luetkemeyer said. “These individuals have displayed the ultimate knowledge of national security and foreign policy issues and, through the program, are able to help foster relationships between the United States and other nations around the world. I wish them the best of luck during their yearlong visits to their host countries and I know they will eac
Blaine's Bulletin: 229th Anniversary of Our Constitution “We the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”
As our nation prepares to recognize the 229th anniversary of our Constitution, this is a good time to remind ourselves of the integrity and importance of this revered document.
Our Founding Fathers meticulously crafted the Constitution to prevent government encroachment upon the unalienable rights our Creator has endowed upon us. As stated in the Preamble, there are six guiding principles that outline the fundamental purpose of the supreme law of the land. When creating the Constitution, our Founding Fathers insisted on a separation of powers to protect the liberties governed by this document. However, in recent decades, the executive branch has continued t
Luetkemeyer Supports Bill to Stop Executive Branch’s Settlement Slush Funds Today, U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) supported the Stop Settlement Slush Funds Act, which holds the Executive Branch accountable for its practices and ensures any money recovered by the federal government goes back into the hands of Americans.
“After a 20 month long investigation by my colleagues on the House Judiciary Committee, it was discovered that the Department of Justice (DOJ) unlawfully directed nearly half-a-billion dollars intended for victims of federal lawsuits into the hands of left leaning organizations,” Luetkemeyer said. “Not only do these payments happen outside of the Congressional appropriations process, but the DOJ is using mandatory donations to restore funding that Congress has specifically cut. It is critical for Congress to maintain its power of the purse and keep a check on the DOJ’s unconstitutional practices.”
Specifically, the Stop Settlement Slush Funds Act prohibits settlement terms that require donations to third parties. It explicitly