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October 25, 2012
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Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer of St. Elizabeth in Miller County, now representing Missouri’s District 3, may be lacking in flamboyancy, but he’s good fit with the people he represents. He walks and talks the pace and language of people in his district. He is a Republican.
He’s a small businessman and farmer who has been successful the old-fashioned way — by working hard. His values are the same as people in the district. He served in the Missouri House for six years and then was appointed director of the Missouri Division of Tourism, gaining useful experience and continuing to learn more about the state.
Luetkemeyer was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2008 in what then was the 9th District. It became the 3rd District under redistricting after the 2010 census. He currently is serving on the powerful House Financial Services Committee. He previously served on the Agriculture Committee, Small Business Committee and Oversight and Government Reform Committee. He has received numerous business and agriculture awards. He also has been given many endorsements. The endorsements include the Missouri Farm Bureau, Missouri Right to Life, NRA, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, National Federation of Independent Businesses and the Missouri Corn Growers group.
He was re-elected to Congress in 2010, receiving 70 percent of the vote. This farmer/businessman knows the district and its people. He understands job creation and the need for economic development. His views reflect a conservative agenda across the board.
Luetkemeyer is seeking a third term. He’s gaining stature in the House. We need to keep him there.
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October 11, 2012
The media is invited to attend a brief presentation of the “Friend of Farm Bureau” award to Congressman Luetkemeyer, Missouri’s 3rd District Congressman.
When: 10:30 a.m., Friday, October 12
Where: Missouri Farm Bureau Center, 701 S. Country Club Drive, Jefferson City, Mo.
The Friend of Farm Bureau Award is presented jointly by Missouri Farm Bureau and the American Farm Bureau Federation. The national award is given only to members of Congress who are extremely supportive of family farmers. Missouri Farm Bureau President Blake Hurst, a farmer from Westboro, Mo., will present the award to Luetkemeyer.
“Representing Missourians in northeast Missouri for the past four years, Blaine has connected with farmers and ranchers. He understands their challenges and diligently represents their common-sense values in Congress,” said Hurst. “His actions in Washington reflect the needs of his constituents and make the Congressman very deserving of this award.”
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September 6, 2012
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Missouri Farm Bureau’s FARM-PAC trustees representing the newly reorganized 3rd Congressional District voted to support Republican incumbent Blaine Luetkemeyer in his re-election bid for Congress.
Both Luetkemeyer and his Democrat opponent, Camden County business owner Eric Mayer, made remarks before the trustees at an Aug. 28 meeting. After reviewing voting records and the candidates’ positions on a number of rural and farm issues, the trustees endorsed Luetkemeyer.
Luetkemeyer was first elected to the 9th Congressional District in 2008. The congressman has supported Farm Bureau positions on legislative issues 96 percent of the time. FARM-PAC Trustee Chairman Chris Brundick says the congressman has been a friend of Missouri farmers and ranchers. “Blaine has proven he understands the burdens that face small businesses and farms,” said Brundick. “He has voted several times to curtail excessive regulations by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency). He voted for free trade agreements that open markets up to U.S. farm goods. And, he not only voted against Obamacare, but voted to repeal it as well. The health care law will be a big burden on farmers and ranchers.”
Missouri Farm Bureau’s regional FARM-PACs are political action committees of farmers and ranchers who are selected as trustees by their county Farm Bureau organizations. The trustees interview the candidates running in the general election, review their voting records, and seek their positions on issues. For any endorsement to stand, two-thirds of the vote tallied must favor a candidate.
The regional FARM-PAC in the 3rd Congressional District includes Callaway, Cole, Franklin, Gasconade, Lincoln, Maries, Miller, Montgomery, Osage, Warren and portions of Camden, Jefferson and St. Charles counties.
Currently the campaign has received the following endorsements:
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- National Rifle Association
- Missouri Farm Bureau
- Missouri Corn Growers Association
- Missouri Right to Life
- U.S. Chamber of Commerce
- National Federation of Independent Business
- National Right to Life