William Blaine Luetkemeyer, who is more commonly known as Blaine Luetkemeyer, is currently the incumbent U.S. Representative for Missouri’s 3rd congressional district. The American politician is originally from Missouri and is part of the Republican Party. He assumed his current position in 2013 and, before that, was a member of both the U.S. House of Representatives from Missouri’s 9th district and the Missouri House of Representatives from the 115th district.
Personal Life of Blaine Luetkemeyer
Luetkemeyer was born on May 7, 1952 in Jefferson City, Missouri. He is currently 65 years old. He received his bachelor’s degree in political science from Lincoln University in Missouri while also minoring in business administration. He is of the Catholic faith and is a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Eldon Chamber of Commerce, the Farm Bureau and the National Rifle Association. Luetkemeyer is also a member of the Board of Trustees for the village of St. Elizabeth. He is married to Jackie Luetkemeyer.
Career of Blaine Luetkemeyer
Luetkemeyer began his political career when he was elected into the office of the Missouri House of Representatives from the 115th Legislative District in 1998, assuming the position the following year in 1999. He was preceded by Don Steen. Among his many responsibilities in the Missouri House of Representatives was to serve as chair of the Financial Services Committee. During this time, Luetkemeyer also served as House Republican Caucus Chairman.
Luetkemeyer is most well-known, however, for his voice on the amendment to define marriage as only being between a man and woman in 2004. The amendment was found to be very favorable by Missouri legislators and voters. In January of 2005, Luetkemeyer left his position in the Missouri House of Representatives and was succeeded by Rodney Schad.
After leaving his position, he was appointed to serve as Missouri Tourism Director by Governor Matt Blunt. In 2007, he ran for election to be the U.S. Representative of Missouri’s 9th Congressional District. His campaign was successful as he received 49.99% of the votes, beating Democratic candidate Judy Baker, who received 47% of the votes, and Libertarian candidate Tamara Millay, who received 2.5% of the votes.
In 2010, Luetkemeyer successfully ran for reelection, receiving 77% of the votes. Election results showed that Libertarian candidate Christopher Dwyer received 22% of the votes.
In 2012, he won the election again over Democratic candidate Eric C. Mayer and Libertarian candidate Steven Wilson. He assumed the position on January 3, 2013 and was preceded by Russ Carnahan. In 2014, he won the election for Incumbent U.S. Representative of Missouri’s 3rd Congressional District with 68% of the votes. Democratic candidate Courtney Denton received 27% of the votes with 52,021. Libertarian Steven Hendrick received 4.48% of the votes with 8,593. Write-in candidate Harold Davis received 0.03% of the votes with 66 votes.
In 2016, he won the election again with 68% of the votes over Democratic candidate Kevin Miller, Libertarian candidate Dan Hogan, Constitution candidate Doanita Simmons and write-in candidate Harold Davis.
By Alexandra R. Fasulo – published on STL.News by St. Louis Media, LLC