A native of St. Elizabeth, Mo., in Miller County, Blaine Luetkemeyer, 60, is a lifelong resident of the district and knows what it takes to improve the economy and create jobs from his more than 30 years of experience as a small businessman. Luetkemeyer also has a strong background in agriculture including operating a 160-acre family farm and raising hogs and cattle to put himself through college. He is strongly pro-life, supports our Second Amendment rights, and believes in fiscal responsibility.
Luetkemeyer was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2008 and re-elected in 2010. Missouri Farm Bureau, Missouri Right to Life, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the Missouri Corn Growers Association are just a few of the organizations that so far have endorsed Luetkemeyer for re-election in 2012.
Touching on his wide-ranging experience in business, Luetkemeyer serves on the powerful House Financial Services Committee in Congress. Luetkemeyer also serves as Vice President of the Mississippi Valley Flood Control Association, an organization representing river stakeholders in Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas.
Luetkemeyer has been recognized for his efforts in Congress on behalf of job creation and economic growth with the Spirit of Enterprise Award from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Guardian of Small Business Award from the National Federation of Independent Business, the Manufacturing Legislative Excellence Award from the National Association of Manufacturers, and the American Financial Leadership Award from the Financial Services Roundtable.
Luetkemeyer has also been recognized for his commitment to agriculture and rural America with the Friend of Farm Bureau Award, the Agricultural Retailers Association Legislator of the Year Award, the Missouri Agribusiness Association Advocate for Agribusiness Award, and the Electric Cooperatives Leadership Award from the Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives.
His work to protect taxpayers’ hard-earned dollars in the 111th Congress earned Luetkemeyer the Taxpayer Hero Award from the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste, Tax Fighter Award from the National Tax Limitation Committee, and the Defender of Economic Freedom Award from the Club for Growth.
From 1999 to 2005, Luetkemeyer was a Missouri State Representative and served as Chairman of the Financial Services Committee and was elected by his colleagues to serve as the House Republican Caucus Chairman. After leaving office, Luetkemeyer was appointed by Gov. Matt Blunt to serve as the Director of the Missouri Division of Tourism, where he used his business experience to market the state of Missouri.
Luetkemeyer is a member of the Knights of Columbus, Eldon Chamber of Commerce, Missouri Farm Bureau, National Rifle Association, and a lifelong member of St. Lawrence Catholic Church. Luetkemeyer is a graduate of Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Mo., where he earned a degree with distinction in political science and a minor in business administration.
Luetkemeyer and Jackie, his wife of 36 years, have three children, Trevor, Brandy and Nikki, and one granddaughter and two grandsons.