Blaine Luetkemeyer

Blaine Luetkemeyer


Blaine's Bulletin: Keeping Americans and Our Homeland Safe and Secure


Earlier this month, the world was in shock as hundreds of individuals in Paris were killed or wounded by a terrorist attack. What happened in Paris is a very real reminder that terrorism is still a threat to America and our allies around the world.

The attack took place in France and was perpetrated, in part, by European citizens. However, its roots are in Syria, which has been in the throes of a violent civil war since 2011. Syrian government forces, rebel groups, militant Islamic extremists, sectarian militias, and foreign armies and their proxies are all engaged in this conflict, fighting with and against each other depending on the circumstances and the day of the week.

This ongoing conflict has prompted more than three million Syrians to flee the country over the past four years. The ongoing conflict has also allowed one group of militant Islamic extremists, who call themselves the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), to carve out an area of territory in Syria and Iraq from which they have planned and executed terrorist attacks in the Middle East, Africa, and Europe. The combination of a record flow of refugees fleeing Syria and ISIS’ desire to conduct terrorist attacks abroad has created a dangerous threat to our national security. The Paris attack is a case in point. While a number of the perpetrators were French and Belgian citizens, others exploited the plight of the refugees and infiltrated their ranks in order to travel from ISIS’ base in Syria to Paris. 

I deeply understand the importance of providing refuge to those in need. However, I remain firm in believing our nation’s first priority is to keep our fellow Americans and our homeland safe and secure. In order to do so, we must evaluate and properly address all discrepancies in our country’s refugee program before we allow any more refugees from this troubled region into the United States. Many of my colleagues feel the same and, as a result, the House passed the American Security Against Foreign Enemies (SAFE) Act. This legislation, which I cosponsored, would place a moratorium on the admission of Syrian refugees until the FBI Director, the Secretary of Homeland Security, and the Director of National Intelligence can certify to Congress that every refugee being admitted to the U.S. from Syria and Iraq is not a security threat. In addition, the FBI Director must take all action to affirm that every refugee receives a thorough background investigation to determine if the refugee poses a security threat. It is my hope the Senate acts swiftly on this important legislation.

In addition, earlier this year the House passed the National Defense Authorization Act which reinforces the United States mission to combat ISIS, authorizing increased funding for the Office of Security Cooperation in Iraq and for security assistance to Iraqi forces fighting ISIS. It also counters ISIS’ use of the Internet to spread propaganda and directs the Secretary of Defense to establish a pilot program to counter the terrorists’ online efforts.

While I am pleased the House acted on a federal level, I also sent a letter along with my Missouri colleagues to Governor Jay Nixon urging him to publically oppose Syrian refugees in our state. As the governor, it is his duty to act in the best interest of the state’s citizens.

With the Obama Administration still committed to bringing 10,000 Syrian refugees to the United States, we can and must do more, to ensure all Americans are kept safe. ISIS has proven the war on terror is not over and the United States government must not allow extremist groups to gain footholds from where they can harm anyone else in the world, including Americans at home and abroad.

Please know I will continue to keep the safety of Americans first and foremost in my mind.

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Luetkemeyer Announces Dates for Constituent Service Days


U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) announced the latest round of Constituent Service Days his staff will host beginning Nov. 30 in each of the 13 counties in the 3rd Congressional District. 

“From Nov. 30 through Dec. 4, my staff will be in every county in the 3rd Congressional District to assist and talk with constituents regarding any questions or concerns they may have,” Luetkemeyer said. “If you have any questions about the Constituent Service Days over the next couple of weeks, please do not hesitate to call my Jefferson City office at 573-635-7232.”

Monday, November 30th 

Osage County
10:00 A.M – 11:00 A.M.
Chamois City Hall
200 S. Main Street, Chamois
Hosts: Matt Thompson, Special Assistant and Keri Stuart, Director of Constituent Affairs

Gasconade County
11:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.
Hermann City Hall
1902 Jefferson Street, Hermann
Hosts: Matt Thompson, Special Assistant and Keri Stuart, Director of Constituent Affairs

Montgomery County
2:00 P.M – 3:00 P.M.
Jonesburg City Hall
106 W. Boonslick, Jonesburg
Hosts: Matt Thompson, Special Assistant and Keri Stuart, Director of Constituent Affairs

Tuesday, December 1st

Miller County
10:00 A.M.-11:00 A.M.
Tuscumbia Courthouse
2100 Hwy 52, Tuscumbia
Hosts: Jeremy Ketterer, Deputy Chief of Staff and Keri Stuart, Director of Constituent Affairs

Camden County
1:30 P.M.-2:30 P.M.
Camdenton City Hall
437 W. US Hwy 54
Hosts: Jeremy Ketterer, Deputy Chief of Staff and Keri Stuart, Director of Constituent Affairs

Wednesday, December 2nd

Franklin County
10:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M.
Pacific City Hall
300 Hoven Drive, Pacific
Hosts: Jim McNichols, District Office Director and Lori Boyken, Constituent Liaison

Jefferson County
1:30 P.M. – 2:30 P.M.
Herculaneum City Hall
One Parkwood Court, Herculaneum
Hosts: Jim McNichols, District Office Director and Lori Boyken, Constituent Liaison

Thursday, December 3rd

Warren County
9:00 A.M – 10:00 A.M.
Warrenton County Commission Building
101 Mockingbird Lane, Warrenton
Hosts: Christa Montgomery, District Office Director and Keri Stuart, Dir of Constituent Services

Maries County
10:00 A.M. - 11:00 A.M.
Belle City Hall
104 E. 3rd Street, Belle
Hosts: Matt Thompson, Special Assistant and Laura Hardecke, Office Manager

Lincoln County
11:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
Elsberry City Hall
201 Broadway, Elsberry
Hosts: Christa Montgomery, District Office Director and Keri Stuart, Director of Constituent Services

St. Charles County
1:30 P.M. – 2:30 P.M.
O’Fallon City Hall
100 North Main Street, O’Fallon
Hosts: Christa Montgomery, District Office Director and Keri Stuart, Director of Constituent Services

Friday, December 4th

Callaway County
9:30 A.M. – 10:30 A.M.
Auxvasse City Hall
104 S. Main Street
Hosts: Jeremy Ketterer, Deputy Chief of Staff and Keri Stuart, Director of Constituent Affairs

Cole County
1:30 P.M – 2:30 P.M.
Russellville City Hall
13203 Railroad Avenue, Russellville
Hosts: Jeremy Ketterer, Deputy Chief of Staff and Keri Stuart, Director of Constituent Affairs

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Blaine's Bulletin: Giving Thanks


While there are many challenging issues that need to be addressed at home and abroad, at this time of year, we pause as a nation to give thanks for the many blessings we enjoy as Americans. 

So, as many of us reflect upon the year and spend quality time with family, friends, and neighbors, I want to share with you a bit more about the history of this holiday in America.

Last year, I told my grandchildren the story of the first Thanksgiving in 1621 that was shared among the Plymouth colonists and the Wampanoag Tribe. This year, as we gathered around the table, I told my grandchildren the story of our first President, George Washington, and how he issued a proclamation on October 3, 1789, to designate Thursday, November 26, as a national day of thanks. In his proclamation, President Washington wrote, “…whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.”

While the exact date moves around annually, each year on the fourth Thursday of each November, loved ones and friends spend the day trimming turkeys, sharing memories, and giving thanks.

While many Americans have much to be thankful for, not everyone shares the same joy. Take some time this holiday season to volunteer at a local shelter or dig through your pantry and drop off some food to share with a neighbor in need. While these may seem like such simple acts, they go a long way and can have a profound impact on those who are struggling. The spirit of sharing has always been instilled in the American character and I look forward to sharing the tradition of giving with my grandchildren.

Thanksgiving is an opportunity to reflect on our blessings as individuals and as a nation, and it is a time for families and loved ones to come together to share stories, thanks, and hopes for the coming year. On behalf of myself, my family, and my staff, I want to wish everyone a happy and blessed Thanksgiving.

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Luetkemeyer Statement on the American SAFE Act


U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) issued the following statement after the House of Representatives passed the American Security Against Foreign Enemies (SAFE) Act with a bipartisan vote of 289-137:

“Our great nation has a proud tradition of welcoming refugees into our country. However, we must place the highest priority on the security of the American people. With the potential of 10,000 Syrian refugees coming into the country, we must do more to ensure our refugee process is not exploited by terrorists. Today’s legislation, which I cosponsored, puts in place the most robust national security vetting process in history for any refugee population. This legislation also halts the admission of refugees from Syria until the government can provide the American people with certainty that those coming into our country do not seek to do us harm.”

The American SAFE Act would place a moratorium on the admission of Syrian refugees until following conditions are met: the FBI Director certifies the background investigation of each refugee; the Secretary of Homeland Security, FBI Director, and the Director of National Intelligence must certify to Congress that each refugee is not a security threat to the United States. It would require the DHS Inspector General to independently assess the refugee approvals to ensure high-risk individuals do not get through and it would make sure the FBI has a direct role in validating that the background checks are thorough enough to keep potentially dangerous individuals out of the country.

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Luetkemeyer, Colleagues Send Letter to Governor Nixon Urging Him to Prohibit Syrian Refugees in Missouri


U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) and Missouri colleagues sent a letter to Missouri Governor Jay Nixon calling on him to oppose Syrian refugees in the state.

U.S. Reps. Billy Long, Jason Smith, Vicky Hartzler, Ann Wagner, and Sam Graves joined Luetkemeyer in sending the letter to Nixon.

“The recent attacks in Paris served as an agonizing reminder that terrorism remains an imminent threat to Americans.  As multiple governors across the country have now announced they will oppose any effort of the administration to relocate Syrian refugees in their states, we request that you direct the Missouri Department of Social Services Refugee Resettlement Program to use all available resources to prevent the resettlement of any Syrian refugees in the State of Missouri unless exhaustive and comprehensive security screenings conclude that no individuals constitute any threat to national security. As the governor of the State of Missouri, it is your duty to act in the best interest of the state’s citizens; therefore, we ask you make an unequivocal stance that Syrian resettlement in Missouri places our citizens at risk.”

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Luetkemeyer Responds to Paris Terror Attacks and Syrian Refugees


U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) issued the following statement after the Paris terror attacks and the Syrian refugees coming into the United States:

“My thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of these heinous attacks and their families.  It was just a few days ago that President Obama stated that ISIS had been contained. The terrorist acts in Paris unequivocally disprove this. It is more imperative than ever that President Obama put together a real plan and an international coalition to take real action to destroy ISIS. We’ve also learned that at least one of the attackers entered Europe posing as a Syrian refugee. This makes the president’s plan to allow ten thousand Syrian refugees into the United States all the more reckless. First and foremost, our borders need to be fully secured. We should also not allow anybody into our country who could pose a threat to America. That’s why, today, I cosponsored legislation that would prohibit any refugee from entering the United States unless the government can certify and prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that that individual does not pose a threat to America. We must put the safety of our country and her people first.”

The legislation, the American SAFE Act, would require the FBI Director to certify background checks have been thoroughly administered for refugees entering from Syria and Iraq. It would also require the Secretary of Homeland Security, with the Director of the FBI and the Attorney General, to affirm that every refugee being admitted is not a security threat. Lastly, to ensure the vetting process works effectively, this legislation would require the Office of the Inspector General to conduct an audit. 

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Blaine's Bulletin: Investing Our Nation's Transportation Infrastructure


One fact that many people may not know is that Missouri has the sixth largest public road system of any state in the country.  Whether you are using the roads to commute to work, take your kids to school, drive to see a baseball game, or make sure goods get to market, the quality of our roads has a direct impact on our quality of life. With 22 percent of Missouri’s major roadways in poor condition, enacting a long-term highway bill is critical for the people of our state.

Recently, the House passed bipartisan legislation that is a move toward the first long-term highway bill in more than a decade. This bill would provide up to six years of transportation funding, without raising taxes, ensuring certainty and flexibility for states and local governments to invest in modernizing our aging transportation infrastructure. The bill also includes important reforms to federal permitting requirements, so that needed projects aren’t buried under costly construction delays caused by unnecessary federal red tape. In addition, to streamlining duplicative regulatory processes, this legislation would also consolidate and eliminate a number of offices within the Department of Transportation.

This bill also does not contain any earmarks. Rather than focusing spending on special pet projects, the highway bill focuses on devolving decision-making power to local officials, so they can better address the priorities and needs of their communities. By converting the Surface Transportation Program, one of the largest federal-aid highway programs, into a block grant, states would also be able to further prioritize important projects such as the new I-64 Daniel Boone Bridge over the Missouri River.

So, what happens next?  Since the House and Senate have each passed different versions of the highway bill, a conference committee has been convened for the two bodies to work out their differences by November 20th.  I am hopeful that an agreement will be reached by that date, so that the real work of repairing and modernizing the roads and bridges upon which all Missourians depend can begin soon.

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Luetkemeyer Holds Field Hearing in New Orleans entitled “New Orleans: Ten Years After the Storm”


On Friday, Chairman of the Housing and Insurance Subcommittee, U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) convened a field hearing in New Orleans, LA entitled “New Orleans: Ten Years After the Storm.”

“Just a little over 10 years ago, much of New Orleans was underwater. The people of the Gulf Coast not only had to deal with keeping their families together, but they had to try to look ahead and imagine rebuilding their lives in the region they love. Ten years later, there are some successes, and there have been some failures. I had the opportunity to visit communities that have been redeveloped and are today serving as cornerstones of the city. Unfortunately, there are still areas of New Orleans that seem to have been scarcely touched since the hurricane, despite the approximately $120 billion in aid to victims of the 2005 storms. The purpose of the hearing was to hear from the witnesses about the success and failures in rebuilding housing in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. The testimony showed, without question, that government at all levels should have done a better job. Moving forward, with the input of all levels of government, faith-based groups, and non-profits, it will allow the citizens to redevelop their communities. It's time to learn from what we've experienced and develop 21st century solutions for 21st century issues.”

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Blaine's Bulletin: Remembering Our Nation's Heroes


Heroic, brave, deserving, and humbling.

As we honor Veterans Day, here are four stories involving our service members from the last year to match those four words. 

Heroic: The Sergeant from Cedar Hill who dedicated his life to protecting our country. Sergeant First Class William B. Woods enlisted with the United States Marine Corps and later enlisted in the United States Army where he attended the Special Forces Qualification Course and served honorably. Sergeant Woods sustained wounds while conducting a mounted patrol in Afghanistan and passed away in Germany as a result of his injuries. Now, his heroism will be forever displayed at the Cedar Hill Post Office which was rightfully dedicated the “Sergeant First Class William B. Woods, Jr. Post Office” on October 2nd.

Brave: The hardworking, family-devoted, New Yorker who enlisted in the United States Army during World War I. On August 7 – 9, 1918 in France, Sergeant Shemin repeatedly crossed in front of enemy machine gun and rifle fire to rescue fellow soldiers, and after all of the officers in his platoon had become casualties; he took command until he was wounded. While Sergeant Shemin was awarded the Purple Heart and Distinguished Service Cross in his lifetime, his daughter, Elsie, a former resident of Labadie, never stopped working to get her father the Medal of Honor that he deserved. After years of hard-work and never backing down, Elsie traveled to Washington where the Medal of Honor was awarded posthumously and I stood proudly looking on as one of her life’s great works was finally fulfilled.

Deserving: Earlier this year, Congress passed and the president signed into law legislation to allow all veterans in America to receive an identification card so there is proof of military service. Prior to this, the Veterans Administration only offered identification cards to those who had served at least two years in the Armed Forces or those who received medical care for a service-connected disability. However, that left a large group of veterans who served our nation with no easy way to prove their military service. With this legislation now signed into law, there is now a simple way to prove veteran status these individuals so much deserve.

Humbling: It is a great honor to attend Honor Flights at the World War II Memorial in Washington when veterans of the 3rd District come and visit the memorial that was built in their honor. It is moving to hear veterans remembering those who fell by their side and their perspective on life as it is so evident they appreciate every single day.

While I was proud to be personally involved with these four stories, there are countless service members and veterans in our country who too often do not get the recognition they deserve.  As we remember Veterans Day, please keep these heroes in mind. On behalf of the people of Missouri’s 3rd District, I want to thank all of the men and women who have or continue to selflessly put on the uniform to serve our country while looking for nothing in return. I want you to know that you have the complete support and gratitude from a nation of thankful Americans.  

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House Passes Long-Term Highway Bill to Provide Certainty to States and Local Governments


U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) issued the following statement after the House of Representatives passed a long-term highway bill:

“The passage of today’s highway bill is a move toward the first long-term highway bill in more than a decade and sets the stage to provide certainty and flexibility for states and local governments to invest in transportation infrastructure, and needed reforms to federal  permitting requirements. In addition, this bill eliminates duplicative regulatory processes and offices within the Department of Transportation. With over 200 amendments offered to this legislation, Congress was able to work in a bipartisan way, through regular order, to get this bill passed in the House.”

Two bills that Luetkemeyer authored, H.R. 432, the SBIC Advisers Relief Act and H.R. 601, the Eliminate Privacy Notice Confusion Act were included as amendments in the House-passed transportation bill. H.R. 432 would amend the Investment Advisers Act to reduce unnecessary regulatory costs and eliminate duplicative regulation of advisers to SBICs. H.R. 601 would reduce confusion among consumers by clarifying that they will receive privacy notices after opening a new account when their financial institution’s privacy policies change rather than an annual notice. Both pieces of legislation had already passed unanimously in the House earlier this year. 

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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.

Serving With

Ann Wagner


Vicky Hartzler


Sam Graves


Billy Long


Jason Smith


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