Blaine Luetkemeyer

Blaine Luetkemeyer

MISSOURI's 3rd DISTRICT

Blaine's Bulletin-Battling the Tax Code

2014/04/17

With the passing of Tax Day and a recent hearing before the House Small Business Committee where I serve as vice chairman, my concerns about the obstacles facing our small businesses and their employees are more pronounced that ever.

For years, I have heard from small business owners from across the 3rd District being forced to lay people off, halt expansion plans, or in some extreme cases, forced to close their businesses for good. Additional taxes, higher taxes and the cost of complying with the tax code are stifling our small businesses and by extension the hard-working folks that keep our economy afloat.

The National Small Business Association’s 2014 Small Business Taxation Survey found that 53 percent of business owners say the administrative burden related to tax preparation is the biggest challenge while 47 percent say it’s paying the bill to the government. And let’s not forget that while most individual Americans pay taxes once a year, small businesses deal with multiple tax issues every day they operate which ultimately falls back in the laps of the workers they employ.

Many of these hard-working business owners struggle to decipher the tax code and keep up to date with all the changes made each year. Small businesses are disproportionately affected by this tax complexity and a study the Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy found that small firms pay 67 percent more to comply with the tax code than large firms, which ultimately cuts into their bottom line which often means costs related to employees. Then there is the cost of tax compliance for these small firms. According to the Small Business Administration, small businesses spend a whopping 5.5 billion hours fulfilling their income tax obligations, and that’s not including state and local taxes. Again, this takes a bite out of resources available to workers.

Meanwhile, the Internal Revenue Service continues to be part of the problem. A survey of small businesses and their tax advisors found that it takes longer to get tax questions answered from the IRS and when they do reach someone at the IRS, many of the employees can’t even answer questions!

The challenge now is finding ways to help deal with the tax challenges being faced by our small businesses. I have been working with my colleagues to address these challenges by supporting measures to reduce government spending so we can prevent future tax hikes that will prove harmful to our small businesses and the people they employ. I also have supported efforts to simplify the tax code to encourage investment, expansion and job creation.

We also need to end the so-called death tax which is one reason why family businesses can’t survive from one generation to the next. A small business survey found that more than 80 percent of small employers spend an average of $25,000 annually in attorney/consultant fees and life insurance premiums to avoid the Death Tax. Recently, I joined other Members of Congress by signing on to a letter to the House Ways and Means Committee to urge a full repeal of the death tax altogether.

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, I am committed to comprehensive tax reform because we have to do everything we can to allow people to keep more of their hard-earned money. I believe that small business owners and individuals need the certainty of this kind of individual tax reform and with 80 percent of small firms that pay business taxes on their individual return, it is critical we get this done as soon as possible. 

As your voice in Washington, I will continue to work on these tough issues based on all I’ve heard and seen as a member of the Small Business Committee and a former small business owner and employer myself. As the foundation of our economy, we should be doing everything to help these small businesses and their workers and tax reform is perhaps the best way to do that.

CONTACT US: As always, for those of you with Internet access, I encourage you to visit my official website. For those without access to the Internet, I encourage you to call my offices in Jefferson City (573-635-7232) Washington, Mo. (636-239-2276), or Wentzville (636-327-7055) with your questions and concerns. If you want even greater access to what I am working on, please visit my YouTube site, Facebook page, and keep up-to-date with Twitter

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Blaine's Bulletin-Protecting Religious Liberty

2014/04/11

While it is no secret that I have serious concerns about the president’s health care law, one of the most profound is the Administration’s attempt to infringe upon the religious liberty of Americans, like you.

The most striking example of this came in March when the U.S. Supreme Court began to hear oral arguments from the national retailers, Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties, which oppose, on religious ground, provisions of the president’s health care law mandating contraceptive coverage. It is my belief the federal government should not be in the business of establishing a list of covered medical services that infringe on the conscience rights of organizations purchasing health insurance for employees.

Further, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) which is implementing the contraceptive mandate is putting the livelihoods of millions of American at risk by requiring firms like Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties to decide between paying crippling fines that could force them out of business versus dropping health care coverage for all their employees. It is a choice the government should not require them to make.

In light of these circumstances, I felt compelled recently to re-introduce the Religious Liberty Protection Act that would block HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius from forcing employers and health insurers with religious or moral opposition to provide coverage of sterilization and contraceptive services. My bill, a version of which I introduced in the last Congress, would prohibit HHS Secretary Sebelius to implement or enforce any provision of the final rule that was published last summer. The final rule requires an individual to provide coverage of contraceptive services to which the individual is opposed on the basis of religious belief.

I also am a proud co-sponsor of the Health Care Conscience Rights Act, which would include a full exemption from the Administration’s HHS mandate and conscience protection for individuals and health care entities that refuse to provide, pay for, or refer patients to abortion providers due to their beliefs. Last Congress, the House of Representatives passed this legislation and it is my hope that happens again. There also is another bill, the Respect of Conscience Rights Act, which would amend the president’s health care law to permit a health plan to decline coverage of specific items and services that are contrary to the religious beliefs of the sponsor of the plan without penalty.

The landmark decision in this case will likely be announced by the Supreme Court this summer and it obviously will have significant ramifications both for employers, workers, and for the religious liberties that this country was built on more than 200 years ago. In the meantime, I will continue to work with my colleagues in Congress to protect the religious freedom that our Founding Fathers fought so mightily to include in our Constitution.

CONTACT US: As always, for those of you with Internet access, I encourage you to visit my official website. For those without access to the Internet, I encourage you to call my offices in Jefferson City (573-635-7232) Washington, Mo. (636-239-2276), or Wentzville (636-327-7055) with your questions and concerns. If you want even greater access to what I am working on, please visit my YouTube site, Facebook page, and keep up-to-date with Twitter.

 

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Luetkemeyer Files Legislation Seeking to Halt EPA Wood Burning Heater Regulations

2014/04/07

U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-3) filed legislation that would halt attempts by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to implement new regulations for residential wood burning heaters that would be devastating to the consumers who depend on them for an affordable source of heat and the small business owners and employees who depend on their manufacture to earn a living. 

The legislation, known as the Wood Stove Regulatory Relief Act, specifically would prevent the EPA from instituting costly proposed new standards for wood burning stoves and heating systems that would effectively prohibit the manufacture and sale of 85 percent of wood burning heaters currently on the market. The Census Bureau estimates that 2.4 million households, 12 percent of all homes, burn wood as their primary heating fuel. In the 3rd Congressional District, wood burning stoves have been in households for decades and many of those families have limited access to other affordable heating fuels, particularly given the high price of propane this year and the increasingly harsh regulations on coal being proposed by the Obama Administration.

Nearly 90 percent of wood stove manufacturers are small businesses that employ hardworking Americans, including many in Missouri’s Third District. These small, typically rural businesses are under the greatest threat from these impending regulations.

“These proposed new wood stove rules by the EPA would be disastrous for small businesses, consumers, and the economy in rural Missouri, particularly at a time when the price of other heating fuels is skyrocketing. Unfortunately, this is yet another attempt by the EPA to prohibit Americans from using proven, abundant, and affordable sources of energy,” Luetkemeyer said. “The bottom line is that it is critical that we make a sincere effort to keep the EPA out of the home heating business.”

Luetkemeyer’s bill comes a month after he sent a letter expressing his concerns about the New Source Performance Standards for wood burning heaters to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy.

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Blaine's Bulletin-Concerns About "Super" Agencies

2014/04/04

While it is true that government agencies can create rules to enact laws passed by Congress, there is a new and disturbing trend that tests that notion and threatens the Constitutional framework of checks and balances deliberately established by our founding fathers. When the Democrats held the majority in the House and Senate they worked with President Obama to create at least two "super" agencies over which Congress has little to no oversight or authority.  

The first of these “super” agencies was created under the president’s health care law and is known as the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB). This 15-member board of unelected bureaucrats is supposedly tasked with proposing ways to reduce the growth of Medicare spending, but it does more than just make recommendations.

Under the president’s health care law, the Secretary of Health and Human Services is directed to implement the board's proposals automatically unless Congress affirmatively acts to either alter the board's proposals or suspend them.

Now, think about that for a moment. In essence, IPAB has the power to reduce what Medicare will pay doctors, hospitals and other health care providers, and its recommendations will have the force of law unless Congress enacts a law to stop them, which as you know is no easy feat these days. According to the law that established IPAB, its decisions on and the implementation of rules and regulations are not even subject to judicial review.

Clearly, this is an unprecedented power that has the potential to dramatically impact the availability of care for the nation's seniors. That’s why I am a cosponsor of the Protecting Seniors Access to Medicare Act which would repeal IPAB. The existence of IPAB has stripped your elected representatives in Congress of much of their authority to oversee Medicare and this bill would help reverse that.

The second “super” agency in question is the deceptively named Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) that the president created to regulate financial transactions of all types under the guise of protecting consumers. I have had several run-ins with this group as a member of the Financial Services Committee, and it has become clear to me and many of my colleagues that this group has both unprecedented authority and virtually no accountability.

Among other powers, the CFPB has the authority to prevent "abusive" financial products but rather than defining that term in advance so that consumers and lenders have some idea of what the law means, the CFPB intends to define and enforce the law based on what they determine to be the facts and circumstances of a particular case. What we are starting to see is that the “protections” offered by the CFPB do little more than drive up costs to consumers and limit consumer choice.

Perhaps most alarming is that the seemingly vast power of the CFPB rests in the hands of one individual who has the authority to simply withdraw nearly limitless funds from the Federal Reserve to support its operations without going through Congress or the White House for that matter. Unlike other financial regulators, there is no board or commission to strike a balance at the CFPB, and recent complaints from staff show an alarming trend of reported discrimination and retaliation on the part of CFPB leadership.

The House has been proactive in making reforms to the CFPB. Earlier this year, the House passed the Consumer Financial Protection and Soundness Improvement Act. The main priority of this bill is to reign in the CFPB and make commonsense reforms to make the agency more accountable and more transparent.

Our Republic was founded on the principals of law and the notion that a series of checks and balances within government would prevent any one branch or individual from becoming too powerful. Clearly, those tenants of American government are under attack and, because I serve as the voice of the people where the power of our government must reside, I will continue to monitor the activities of these “super” agencies and do everything in my power to ensure they are held accountable to you, the people they are supposed to serve. 

CONTACT US: As always, for those of you with Internet access, I encourage you to visit my official website. For those without access to the Internet, I encourage you to call my offices in Jefferson City (573-635-7232) Washington, Mo. (636-239-2276), or Wentzville (636-327-7055) with your questions and concerns. If you want even greater access to what I am working on, please visit my YouTube site, Facebook page, and keep up-to-date with Twitter

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Luetkemeyer Votes to Avert “30-Hour Rule” Work Week as the Norm for Millions of Americans

2014/04/03

In an effort to address the impending loss of jobs, hours and opportunities facing millions of Americans, U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-3) voted in support of the Save American Workers Act which would repeal the 30-hour definition of “full-time employment” in the president’s health care law.

“Unless we stop the 30-hour rule in the president’s heath care law from moving forward, many Americans will see their hours cut and their full-time jobs become part-time jobs,” Luetkemeyer said. “The CBO scored this reduction in hours to the equivalent of 2.5 million employees losing their jobs. I thought the American dream was to have a job and by an individuals own effort be able to raise themselves up. The definition in this law puts another barrier in the way of every American to realize their dream. I was proud to cosponsor the Save American Workers Act and I’m pleased to see this bill pass in the House. It is my hope the Senate will put American workers first and restore the traditional 40-hour definition of full-time employment.”

On July 2, 2013, the Administration delayed the employer mandate, which includes the 30-hour work week, until 2015. Despite this delay, many businesses have started to respond and comply to the mandate. According to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce survey of small business executives, 71 percent say the health care law makes it harder to hire. Additionally, one-half of small businesses say they will cut hours to reduce full-time employees or replace full-time employees with part-timers to avoid the employer mandate. 

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Congressman Luetkemeyer Named “ACU Conservative” by American Conservative Union

2014/04/03

U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-3) today was honored by the American Conservative Union (ACU) as an “ACU Conservative” for his achievements in the 2013 ACU Ratings of Congress, the 43rd edition of the conservative ratings guide.

Since 1971, the nation’s oldest and largest grassroots conservative organization has annually graded Members of Congress based on their votes on key conservative issues. The 2013 ACU Ratings of Congress includes scores for each individual member in both the Senate and the House of Representatives. “ACU Conservatives,” are members that are recognized for scoring 80 percent or higher.

“Conservatives have a responsibility to fight the out-of-control growth of government in Congress. We are proud to honor the fine work of Rep. Luetkemeyer in that battle,” said ACU Chairman Al Cardenas. Added ACU Foundation Chairman Carly Fiorina: “The 2013 Ratings show a continued commitment by Rep. Luetkemeyer to the conservative principles that will contribute to the revitalization of America.” 

The ACU tracks a wide range of issues before Congress to determine which bills serve as the best barometer for rating lawmakers including support for the nation’s founding principles including constitutionally limited government, individual liberty, free markets, a strong national defense and traditional American values.

The full 2013 ACU Ratings of Congress guide is now available online at www.conservative.org.

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Blaine's Bulletin-The Angst of Small Businesses

2014/03/28

When you look into the eyes of a small business owner, you can see the pride in what he has accomplished and you can sense the bond he has to his employees and community. When you listen to a small business owner, you can feel their commitment to the American dream. They understand the very American notion that personal sacrifice and loyalty lead to success, not only for themselves, but also for those they employ. And they understand that hard work can lead to their version of the American dream.

As I sat and listened to small business owners from across the 3rd District during a series of small business roundtables recently, there was a sense of frustration and, quite honestly, foreboding about the lengths to which the government goes to thwart that American dream. To many of these folks, the government is now in the business of rewarding those who are willing to take from society and punishing those who want to give back. For many of them, the American dream of small business success has become a bureaucratic nightmare.

These small business owners talked to me about overbearing, counter-productive and downright punitive government regulation that keeps them from growing and hiring new people. And many of these same folks talked about the president’s health care law that has forced them to either reduce employee hours or simply let people go. There was a clear sense that government is working against them and all they want is the right to do right by themselves, their workers and their communities.

One small business owner told his story of how he has been forced to reduce his full-time workforce by 60 percent and has only been able to stay afloat with the help of outside contractors. When he considers hiring new people, government regulations and lawsuits are foremost in his mind. It was not a unique story. Another small businessman talked about a case in which his business received a clean audit from a federal agency one week and fined two weeks later, raising the possibility that as a “repeat offender” his business would be targeted in future inspections. In the end, it became even clearer that the government isn’t willing to work with many small businesses, but instead works against them.

There also is the case of small community bankers who have been forced to look longtime customers in the eye and reject loan applications because they are being forced to comply with new burdensome regulations that are driving up costs and limiting loans banks can offer. As one small community banker stated: “government has made “bank” a four-letter word.

We often forget that small businesses often foster a family atmosphere because everyone has a stake in a company’s success, from the workers families to the communities they are located in. Bureaucrats in Washington don’t have to look any of these folks in the eye. They don’t know what it takes to make a payroll, or to count on a small business for a paycheck. They don’t know what it takes to provide health care benefits, and they don’t understand the impact the president’s health care law is having on workers.  These bureaucrats certainly don’t understand the dynamic it takes for a small business to survive, where small business owners and their employees work together as a family. Small business owners and employees understand the impact of the heavy handed rules dictated by the U.S. Labor Department, the Environmental Protection Agency and Occupational Health and Safety Administration, just to name a few.

As vice chairman of the Small Business Committee and a former small businessman myself, I have spent the better part of my time in Congress fighting federal agencies and their paper-pushing bureaucrats. And after seeing and hearing from small business folks on the frontline of this bureaucratic assault, it makes me want to work even harder on their behalf, and on behalf of the workers who depend upon these businesses to support their families and communities. We must protect the American dream and we must protect the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness and stamp out economic tyranny, wherever it exists, including within our own government.

CONTACT US: As always, for those of you with Internet access, I encourage you to visit my official website. For those without access to the Internet, I encourage you to call my offices in Jefferson City (573-635-7232) Washington, Mo. (636-239-2276), or Wentzville (636-327-7055) with your questions and concerns. If you want even greater access to what I am working on, please visit my YouTube site, Facebook page, and keep up-to-date with Twitter.

 

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Luetkemeyer Bill Eases Burdens on Regional Banks Serving Consumers, Small Businesses

2014/03/26

Tapping into his experience as a former state bank examiner and local community banker, U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-3) introduced bipartisan legislation that would provide commonsense regulatory changes to help traditional regional banks serve more consumers and small businesses.

“We should not be in the business of basing regulatory regimes solely on arbitrary asset size numbers,” Luetkemeyer said. “This tailored approach will free commercial banks to make loans to customers, supporting economic growth, while allowing federal regulators to use the better methods to determine risk”

Luetkemeyer’s Systemic Risk Designation Improvement Act of 2014 allows regulators to recognize the differences between regional banks, most of which have traditional business models similar to community banks, and larger, more complex institutions. Regional banks are focused on local deposit-taking and lending, engage in little or no non-bank operations such as trading, and make almost no loans outside the United States. This domestic banking focus distinguishes them from more complex firms that engage in non-bank activities, fund themselves outside of traditional deposits and have active international operations.

The bill would tailor and improve existing law to appropriately distinguish between traditional regional banks and more complex and interconnected bank holding companies that may present system risk to the financial system. The bill would also give regulators the ability to use business model standards, which are already used in other contexts, to designate banks as systemic risks. No longer would the regulators use the arbitrary $50 billion asset threshold.

Luetkemeyer, who is a member of the House Financial Services Committee and Vice Chairman of the House Small Business Committee, has earned the support of a bipartisan group of co-sponsors.

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Blaine's Bulletin-Easing Burdens of Lending

2014/03/21

The United States has the world’s most diverse financial system with thousands of different institutions serving millions of different types of customers in large cities and small communities across the country. This diversity benefits our banking customers and supports economic growth.

Unfortunately, federal regulations fail to reflect our financial system’s diversity and place all banks into two categories: community and mid-sized banks, and large, “too big to fail” banks. As a result of this regulatory architecture, medium-sized, regional banks are subjected to costly, unnecessary and burdensome regulations, which hinder the banks’ ability to provide crucial services and loans to consumers and small businesses.

We need a regulatory framework that is tailored to the realities of our banking system and gives regulators the proper flexibility to designate firms based on actual systemic risk to our financial marketplaces. Such a system would recognize that we have many types of banks with different market roles, including: complex firms that engage in significant non-bank activities; community banks; and regional banks that also have a traditional banking model.

Drawing on my experience as a former state bank examiner and community banker, I have introduced bipartisan legislation in the House that would ease burdens on regional banks by tailoring and improving the prudential standard regulations in place to appropriately distinguish between traditional regional banks and more complex and interconnected bank holding companies, which have the potential to present systemic risk to the financial structure.

The bill would keep the current $50 billion asset threshold for small community banks with five flexible and targeted activity-based standards that financial regulators can use to designate banks for enhanced supervision and prudential standards.

Regional banks operate in all 50 states, holding 25 percent of U.S. banking deposits and serving local communities in more than 22,000 branches and offices. These banks focus on taking deposits and making loans, and they are integral to financial lives of consumers and millions of small and medium-sized businesses. Regional banks inherently pose little systemic risk due to their focus on traditional consumer banking activities. Nonetheless, because many regional banks have more than $50 billion in assets, they are lumped into the same regulatory regime as more complex and interconnected banks that have substantial international activity.

To continue to place regional banks in the same category as our nation’s biggest banks is short-sighted and counter-productive. My bill would improve and strengthen financial oversight by giving regulators the ability to distinguish between banks based on their business activities—and their riskiness—not on mere size alone. This would allow regulators to craft tailored and appropriate rules for banks of all types.

Not only would this bill strengthen our financial system, but it would also benefit many consumers and business owners. By easing these unnecessary regulations, banks can refocus their attention and resources from compliance burdens to providing excellent service to new and existing consumers and small businesses, encouraging economic growth throughout all American communities.

CONTACT US: As always, for those of you with Internet access, I encourage you to visit my official website. For those without access to the Internet, I encourage you to call my offices in Jefferson City (573-635-7232) Washington, Mo. (636-239-2276), or Wentzville (636-327-7055) with your questions and concerns. If you want even greater access to what I am working on, please visit my YouTube site, Facebook page, and keep up-to-date with Twitter

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Blaine's Bulletin-Keeping Government in Check

2014/03/14

In the last few weeks, folks in the 3rd Congressional District have become increasingly concerned about the apparent recklessness of the Obama administration regarding our Constitution and the rule of law.

Americans were promised more than five years ago that the current White House would be the most transparent in the history of the country. But when people hear more and more about the administration’s failure to come clean on the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) targeting conservative groups scandal, the Benghazi terrorist attack and the president’s health care law - a clear disconnect develops.

After hearing from you, I recently supported legislation that would enhance transparency, accountability and certainty with regard to how your government operates by boosting responsible oversight of that very government.

The House of Representatives has sent to the Senate the Faithful Execution of the Law Act, a bill that requires the Attorney General to report to Congress regarding the enforcement of laws to include any instance in which the attorney general, U.S. Justice Department (DOJ) or any other federal officer establishes or implements a policy to refrain from enforcing or applying any federal statute, rule, regulation, program, policy, or other law. This bill is an attempt to create more transparency in DOJ law enforcement decisions, which as many of you know, have been suspect for some time now.

We also passed the ENFORCE the Law Act, a bill that takes aim at the Obama Administration practice of refraining from enforcing and applying laws. More specifically, the bill allows the House or Senate, or both chambers jointly, the ability to bring about civil actions against the executive branch should it find the president or any federal employee has established or implemented a formal or informal policy to refrain from enforcing, applying, following or administering federal laws. Much of this is based on the behavior of officials like the IRS’ Lois Lerner, who refuses to divulge information under oath about the agency’s targeting of conservative groups.

And finally the House passed the Water Rights Protection Act, a bipartisan bill that deals with recent attempts by the federal government to pilfer privately-held water rights. This intrusion is creating all kinds of uncertainty and jeopardizing jobs in communities throughout the country.  This bill would stop these land grabs and protect communities, businesses, recreation opportunities, farmers and ranchers as well as other individuals that rely on privately-held water rights for their livelihoods.

When President Obama began the year by boasting about using his pen and phone to get things done, it made people across this country concerned that the president had forgotten his oath of office requiring him to uphold the Constitution and faithfully execute the laws of our country. With the passage of these bills, we have tried to address some of your concerns that the White House is overreaching its authorities. You can be assured that I will continue to work with my colleagues to uphold the rule of law and hold this administration accountable for its actions.

CONTACT US: As always, for those of you with Internet access, I encourage you to visit my official website. For those without access to the Internet, I encourage you to call my offices in Jefferson City (573-635-7232) Washington, Mo. (636-239-2276), or Wentzville (636-327-7055) with your questions and concerns. If you want even greater access to what I am working on, please visit my YouTube site, Facebook page, and keep up-to-date with Twitter.

 

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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.


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Sam Graves

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