Blaine Luetkemeyer

Blaine Luetkemeyer

MISSOURI's 3rd DISTRICT

Blaine's Bulletin: Celebrating the Fourth of July

2015/06/26

As families across the 3rd District prepare to celebrate the Fourth of July with food, fireworks, and fun, we should also take the opportunity to reflect on the many rights and freedoms that we enjoy in our great nation.

Let us remember that freedom is not free and we must protect the rights that so many of our fellow citizens fought to secure for us. As we prepare to celebrate our nation’s birthday, we should be thankful that we have the freedom to do so and always remain vigilant against those who seek to take it away.

For the past 239 years, Independence Day has been celebrated by Americans both at home and abroad. The Fourth of July is considered a day to celebrate our roots and to recall the sacrifices that have been made by so many before us.

As the fourth nears, I think fondly of Fourth of July parades that I have participated in across the 3rd District. Even if the temperature is around 90 degrees, the turnout is always astounding as I walked the path and see the streets lined with young ones and their parents all decked out in red, white and blue and smiling as they wave a miniature American flag. Regardless of what is happening across the United States or across the globe – it is a wonderful feeling seeing communities come together to celebrate a country that we love so dearly.

I hope everyone is able to celebrate this Fourth of July with friends, family and loved ones. And let us not forget that great spirit of our nation as we deal with the many challenges facing us in these sometimes difficult days. On behalf of myself, my family, and my staff – I hope everyone has a safe and wonderful Fourth of July.  

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Luetkemeyer Announces Constituent Service Days for 3rd District Residents

2015/06/26

U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) announced the latest round of Constituent Service Days that will be held across all 13 counties of the 3rd District.

“From July 6 through July 9, members of my staff will be available at various places around the 3rd District to assist constituents with any issues or questions they may have,” Luetkemeyer said. “In the past, my staff has assisted with veterans’ benefits, Medicare issues, and putting individuals in contact with the necessary federal agencies that may help. I encourage everyone to visit a Constituent Service Day near you so you can have a one on one conversation with my staff who are all here to serve you.”

Monday, July 6

Jefferson County

10:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M.
Pevely City Hall
401 Main Street, Pevely
Host: Jim Mc Nichols District Office Director

Montgomery County

10:30 A.M. – 11:30 A.M.
High Hill City Hall
50 Hickory Drive, High Hill
Host: Tanner Smith, District Office Director and Keri Stuart, Director of Constituent Affairs

Tuesday, July 7

Cole County
9:00 A.M. – 10:00 A.M.
St Martins City Hall
6909 W. Business HW 50, St. Martins
Hosts: Jeremy Ketterer, District Office Director and Keri Stuart, Director of Constituent Affairs

Osage County

10:30 A.M.-11:30 A.M.
Osage County Administrative Building
205 E Main Street, Linn
Hosts: Jeremy Ketterer, District Office Director and Keri Stuart, Director of Constituent Affairs

Gasconade County

11:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
Rosebud City Hall
307 Cedar Street, Rosebud
Host: Jim Mc Nichols, District Office Director

Franklin County

1:30 – 2:30 P.M.
Union City Hall Lobby
500 East Locust Street, Union
Host: Jim Mc Nichols District Office Director

Callaway County

3:00 P.M.-4:00 P.M.
Fulton City Hall
18 E 4th Street, Fulton
Hosts: Jeremy Ketterer, District Office Director and Keri Stuart, Director of Constituent Affairs

Wednesday, July 8

Maries County

9:30 A.M.-10:30 A.M.
Vienna City Hall
424 8th Street, Vienna
Hosts: Jeremy Ketterer, District Office Director and Keri Stuart, Director of Constituent Affairs

Miller County

11:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M.
Miller County Courthouse
2100 Hwy 52, Tuscumbia
Hosts: Jeremy Ketterer, District Office Director and Keri Stuart, Director of Constituent Affairs

Camden County

2:00 P.M.-3:00 P.M.
Lake Ozark City Hall
3162 Bagnell Dam Blvd, Lake Ozark
Hosts: Jeremy Ketterer, District Office Director and Keri Stuart, Director of Constituent Affairs

Thursday, July 9

Lincoln County

9:30 A.M. - 10:30 A.M.
Winfield City Hall
51 Harry’s Way, Winfield
Hosts: Tanner Smith, District Office Director and Keri Stuart, Director Constituent Services

St. Charles County

11:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M.
St. Paul City Hall
2300 St. Paul Road, St. Paul
Hosts: Tanner Smith, District Office Director and Keri Stuart, Director of Constituent Services

Warren County

1:30 P.M. – 2:30 P.M.
Foristell City Hall
121 Mulberry, Foristell
Hosts: Tanner Smith, District Office Director and Keri Stuart, Director of Constituent Services

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Luetkemeyer Statement on King v. Burwell Decision

2015/06/25

U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) issued the following statement in response to the Supreme Court upholding the tax subsidies in the case of King v. Burwell:

“Today the Supreme Court upheld Obamacare in the case of King v. Burwell. While I had hoped for a different outcome, this does not mean that I will give up the fight to chip away at the costly and job killing components of the president’s failed health-care law. I will continue to listen to the people of the 3rd District and work with my colleagues to repeal the most onerous pieces of Obamacare and am also looking ahead towards a future where real solutions can be made – solutions that focus on freedom, empowerment, flexibility, and putting doctors and patients back in charge of health-care.”

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Luetkemeyer Offers Resources as Flood Warnings are Issued in Missouri

2015/06/17

U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) issued the following statement in response to the high level of rainfall that areas of the 3rd District are experiencing:

“With flood warnings now in place throughout much of Missouri, including the 3rd District, I wanted to ensure that individuals have access to information they may need. Below, individuals can find website links and phone numbers to find any necessary information they are looking for. With more rain expected to continue through the week and the weekend, I hope everyone stays safe on the roads and I want everyone to be aware of the resources that are available to them.”

Additional Information

National Weather Service – Missouri Basin River Forecast Center: http://www.weather.gov/mbrfc/

General Flood Readiness Information: http://www.ready.gov/floods

Missouri State Emergency Management: http://sema.dps.mo.gov/plan_and_prepare/flooding.php

Kansas Corps of Army Engineers (Missouri River) – Emergency Operations Center has been activated – Level II Emergency Watch: http://www.nwk.usace.army.mil/Missions/EmergencyManagement

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Emergency Operations Center in Kansas City remains at “Level III Emergency Watch”.  A flood emergency has been declared, which opened the door for technical assistance and assistance through Public Law 84-99 for damage meeting certain qualifications under the levee rehab program.

You may also report damage to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for possible assistance during an emergency. The number to the Corps of Engineers Emergency Operations Center is (816)-426-6320.

St. Louis Corps of Army Engineers (Mississippi River)http://www.mvs.usace.army.mil/

Emergency Operations Center: (314) 331-8605

The Mississippi River is slightly above flood stage at the upper locks with no major impacts at this time. Many of the recreation areas on the Upper Mississippi are closed due to inundation. The rain impacts are forecasted to be more targeted for the St. Louis region which could have an impact on Melvin Price Locks and Dam.  

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Luetkemeyer Statement After the CFPB Announces New TILA-RESPA Effective Date

2015/06/17

U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) issued the following statement after CFPB Director Richard Cordray announced October 1, 2015 as the new TILA-RESPA effective date:

“This afternoon, Director Cordray called to inform me that the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure rule effective date has been pushed to October 1, 2015. This extension comes as a result of an administrative error on the part of the CFPB. The extension will undoubtedly be helpful for consumers and businesses as it allows more time for enhanced collaboration and proper implementation by the CFPB; however, today’s announcement falls short of instituting the formal hold harmless period sought by nearly 300 Members of the House and Senators. The need for this extension is a reminder to all of us that we are human beings and mistakes are made, and I appreciate Director Cordray’s actions to remedy the situation. It is my sincere hope that CFPB is as understanding of any errors made at the closing table in the months following final TRID implementation.”

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Luetkemeyer Renames Cedar Hill Post Office After 3rd District Hero

2015/06/15

Today, the House of Representatives passed legislation sponsored by U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service in Cedar Hill as the “Sergeant First Class William B. Woods, Jr. Post Office.”

“Sergeant Woods dedicated his life to protecting our great country,” Luetkemeyer said. “Renaming the Cedar Hill Post Office after Sergeant Woods will forever remind us of the dedication with which he served the United States of America and the ultimate sacrifice that he made on its behalf.  It has been a true privilege to sponsor this bill in the House of Representatives and I will continue to work to see it signed into law.”

Sergeant Woods was a graduate from Northwest High School in Cedar Hill. He first enlisted with the United States Marine Corps in 1996 as a rifleman and he later enlisted in the United States Army where he attended the Special Forces Qualification Course in 2003 and earned the Green Beret. While in the U.S. Army, SFC Woods was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 20th Special Forces Group and deployed to Afghanistan in 2009 as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.

In 2009, Sergeant Woods died in Germany from wounds sustained while conducting a mounted patrol in Afghanistan. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth, and two daughters.

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Blaine's Bulletin: Paying Respect to Our Nation's Flag

2015/06/12

“We take the stars from heaven, the red from our mother country, separating it by white stripes, thus showing that we have separated from her, and the white stripes shall go down to posterity representing Liberty.” – President George Washington

Our United States flag was first authorized by the Second Continental Congress on June 14, 1777. This date is now observed as Flag Day throughout our nation, and, on it, we pause to recognize, remember, and give honor to one of our country’s most enduring symbols.

To me, the flag represents a living example of what it means to be an American. Our flag serves as an inspiration to our nation’s veterans, those currently defending our country, and all Americans who proudly stand tall and raise their hands over their hearts when they recite the Pledge of Allegiance or sing the Star Spangled Banner. 

Many of our fellow Americans have made courageous sacrifices to preserve all that our national flag represents. And June 14 serves as a day to remember our loyalty to our great nation and reaffirm our belief in liberty and justice. Across the nation, there will be ceremonies, parades, and services held in communities for all to pay respect to the nation’s flag.

One service my office offers is the flag program in which residents of the 3rd District can request a flag that has been flown over the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. Each year my office receives dozens of requests from Eagle Scouts, veterans, businesses, and families that would like flags to use for ceremonies, display inside, or fly outside. Each flag flown over the Capitol comes with a commemorative certificate identifying the date on which it was flown and the occasion for doing so.  The price of each flag depends on size and material. For more information or to place an order, please call any of my offices or visit my website.

Flag Day exists because the American spirit exists, and I encourage you to take a moment and reflect on what this symbol means to you and to those who defend our country.

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Blaine's Bulletin: Armed Service Academies

2015/06/05

As your representative in Congress, I meet with residents of the 3rd District on a daily basis, vote on bills on the House floor, and attend Financial Services and Small Business committee hearings. That’s just a small sample of what I do in the House of Representatives. One facet of this job is not only inspiring, but also something that many people don’t know about: nominating exceptional young people from our district to our nation’s armed service academies. 

I work closely with our district’s Military Academy Advisory Board, made up of academy graduates, veterans, parents, and community leaders in this process, and since 2009, the board has nominated 88 of the brightest and hardest-working individuals. Before these individuals are nominated, the panel first conducts face-to-face interviews with these young folks who wish to serve their country as commissioned officers.

The four armed service academies are West Point in New York (U.S. Army), the U.S. Naval Academy in Maryland (U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps), the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado (U.S. Air Force), and the Merchant Marine Academy in New York (U.S. Merchant Marine). The U.S. Coast Guard does not require congressional nominations.

The application process for the class of 2020 has officially opened and it is my privilege to invite the young individuals to learn about the admissions process at the academies. The nomination process includes a formal application and applicant interviews with the 3rd District Military Academy Advisory Board. The board then makes recommendations as to which outstanding students should receive nominations, based on the criteria established by the service academies.  Once a nomination is received, an applicant still must be accepted for admission by an academy in order to enroll.

For those selected from the extremely competitive field of qualified students nationwide, they are in for an incredibly positive life experience.

The level of candidates for academy nominations seems to get more impressive each year. There are many tough decisions to make by the Military Academy Advisory Board to make final recommendations. I would like to thank each person on the panel for dedicating your time and helping me decide on a final nominating list and I would like to recognize them: Washington Missourian Publisher Bill Miller Sr.; Sheldon Hartsfield, a safety director and retired military; Adam Gresham, a state employee and U.S. Naval Academy graduate; Matt West, on-air host at KJFF radio in Festus; and Julie Boeckmann, a communications specialist at the Missouri Department of Education.

More information about the academy nomination process can be found on my website and my office will continue to reach out to schools to inform students about the nominating process. I look forward to getting another opportunity to meet these young people in person as they seek the honor of attending one of our military academies and serving a very grateful nation. 

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Luetkemeyer Statement After House Passes Amendment to Prohibit Funds to Operation Choke Point

2015/06/04

U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) issued the following statement after his amendment to prohibit funds to Operation Choke Point passed in the House of Representatives:

“While I had hoped that the unprecedented Operation Choke Point would have been far behind us by now, it was once again necessary to offer an amendment to the annual Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations legislation to prohibit funding for it. In the 113th Congress, I offered an amendment which passed the House with unanimous support to block funds for Operation Choke Point and I am pleased that, today, an identical amendment for Fiscal Year 2016 passed unanimously. My colleagues and I will continue to ensure DOJ and FDIC enforcement actions are focused on actual threats and risks and not politics and ideology as we continue to move forward with the fight to end this illegal program once and for all.”

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Luetkemeyer and Neugebauer Respond to CFPB’s TILA-RESPA Announcement

2015/06/03

U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO), Chairman of the Housing and Insurance Subcommittee, and U.S. Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-TX), Chairman of the Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit Subcommittee, today responded to the CFPB’s announcement letter regarding the Bureau’s TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure rule (TRID). In a March letter to Director Cordray, the congressmen encouraged the Bureau to implement a period of restrained enforcement to help ensure consumer confidence and stability in the nation’s housing market. 

“TILA-RESPA integration is a significant event for our nation’s mortgage and housing markets. We appreciate Director Cordray taking a first step in indicating a regulatory “sensitivity” to good faith efforts to meet requirements of the new disclosure rules. However, we are very disappointed the Bureau has failed to provide necessary market certainty with a formal hold harmless period – especially given the massive bipartisan Congressional interest. Nearly 300 Senators and House Members have written to Director Cordray asking for a formalized hold harmless period. Anything short of that is unacceptable. That request was reiterated during a bipartisan meeting with Director Cordray yesterday afternoon. Today’s announcement falls far short of our expectations and runs contrary to the impression with which Members were left yesterday. We hope the Bureau and all banking regulators will stand by their commitment to work with consumers and market participants to ensure a seamless implementation of the rules. The Bureau should expect vigorous oversight and attention from members of Congress in how its supervision efforts play out after August 1st’s effective date. To that end, we will be sending letters to all major financial trade associations asking that they keep Congress informed of any and all disciplinary actions taken by the CFPB and other financial regulators on TRID implementation,” said Reps. Luetkemeyer and Neugebauer.

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Contact Information

2440 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-2956
Fax 202-225-5712
luetkemeyer.house.gov

Committee Assignments

Financial Services

Small Business

As the Congressman from the 3rd Congressional District of Missouri, Blaine is committed to representing the interests of the hard-working people by being a strong voice for them in Washington, D.C.

Blaine, 61, represents the 13 counties that make up the 3rd Congressional District of Missouri. Blaine, a native of St. Elizabeth, Mo., has lived in the district with his family for four generations and he operates a 160-acre farm there.

Along with his strong agriculture background, he was also a small businessman, having been in the banking and insurance business. Blaine has also served as a bank regulator for the state of Missouri earlier in his career. He was elected in November, 2008, succeeding fellow Republican Kenny Hulshof.

From 1999 to 2005, Blaine 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, Blaine was appointed by Gov. Matt Blunt to serve as the Director of the Missouri Division of Tourism.

Building on his experience as a bank examiner, small businessman and community banker, Blaine serves as vice chairman of the House Small Business Committee where he also serves on the House Small Business Subcommittees on Health and Technology and Agriculture, Energy and Trade. Blaine also serves on the House Financial Services Committee where he also serves on the panel’s Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit Committee and is vice chairman of the Housing and Insurance Subcommittee.

Blaine 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. Blaine 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.

Blaine and his wife, Jackie, have three children, Trevor, Brandy and Nikki, and four grandchildren.


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Sam Graves

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