Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) is happy to announce that five high school students from Missouri’s Third Congressional District have accepted offers of appointment to the United States Military Academies.
“Congratulations to these exemplary young men and women on accepting their offers of appointment and taking the opportunity to serve our great nation. They are all extraordinarily deserving of this achievement, and I wish them the very best as they embark on their bright futures,” said Congressman Luetkemeyer.
Max Greener has accepted his offer of appointment to the United States Military Academy West Point. Max is from St. Charles and attended Orchard Farm High School.
Sarah Murray has accepted her offer of appointment to the United States Military Academy West Point. Sarah is from Imperial and attended Seckman Senior High School.
Trevor Kelly has accepted his offer of appointment to the United States Naval Academy. Trevor is from Union and attended Union High School.
Emma Westerhold has accepted her offer of appointment to the United States Naval Academy. Emma is from Wentzville and graduated from Wentzville High School in May 2018 before attending Naval Academy Preparatory School.
Levi Mertens has accepted his offer of appointment to the United States Air Force Academy. Levi is from Jefferson City and attended Lighthouse Preparatory Academy.
Nearly one million men and women across the nation go to work each and every day willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for their fellow Americans. From our hometowns, to universities, to airports, to the United States Capitol, brave law enforcement officers dedicate their lives to protecting us. They leave their homes and their families without the certainty of return. They put their lives on the line to protect our communities and we will never forget their heroism.
President John F. Kennedy designated May 15th as Peace Officers Memorial Day, and the corresponding week as National Police Week, giving us an opportunity to honor fallen officers. This week, we remember the 158 police officers who lost their lives in the line of duty last year, and the 43 officers who have lost their lives since January of this year.
Along with millions of Missourians, I am forever grateful for those who have lost their lives and stand in support of our extraordinary law enforcement heroes. Thanks to the leadership of President Donald Trump, the federal government has renewed its support of our law enforcement. Among other important efforts, we have begun providing for additional physical and mental health programs along with critical funding to ensure they have the resources they need to maintain high levels of training and, most importantly, stay safe.
Last year, Congress unanimously passed the Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act. This legislation improves the delivery of and access to mental health and wellness services for our law enforcement and was signed into law by President Trump. In addition, President Trump directed the military to make surplus military equipment available to law enforcement agencies, keeping our officers safer and easing the burden on already stretched budgets. Just this week, the House passed legislation to permanently reauthorize the Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grand Program with increased funding. These are just a few of the strides this administration has made towards supporting those who protect us.
I’m proud to offer my unwavering support for law enforcement officers across this nation. Each and every one of these men and women deserve our utmost gratitude and recognition for their sacrifices. This week, President Donald Trump spoke at the 38th Annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service, and I hope we will all remember his words as we commemorate National Police Week: “These brave heroes did not put on the uniform for praise or for glory. They wore the badge because it was their duty, their calling, their noble purpose to serve, protect like nobody has ever done it before. They embodied our highest ideals and greatest aspirations. They were the very best of us.”
Yesterday, Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) reintroduced the Protecting Education Privacy Act.
“With an ever-changing data security and privacy landscape, now is the time to ensure our students are protected. My legislation will empower parents by giving them more control over their child’s information while strengthening federal student privacy standards,” said Congressman Luetkemeyer. “It is in the best interest of our students to guarantee information such as test scores, attendance records, social security numbers, and sensitive health information stays private. If that information is to be shared, parents and students, not third-party vendors, should make that determination.”
The Protecting Education Privacy Act is supported by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO). “We support the legislation that Rep. Luetkemeyer introduced that will help ensure students’ private information will not be inappropriately disclosed to third parties,” stated Michael Reilly, Executive Director of AACRAO.
Background: The Protecting Education Privacy Act will reestablish many of the protections maintained in the Federal Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) for nearly 40 years. It would ensure any entity designated as an “Authorized Representative” of an education agency with access to student records must be under the direct control of the agency. It would also create a prohibition on the use of student’s personally identifiable information for commercial purposes. This bill will safeguard an individual’s student records as it was originally intended instead of continuing open access to our student’s information.
Whether it’s the local coffee shop where they know your order by heart, the antique store with the best treasures, the local ice cream shop where the kids head after a little league game, or the family-owned restaurant where you gather with your loved ones; small businesses across the nation serve as the lifeblood of our communities. This week we celebrate National Small Business week, an opportunity to honor the successes of our friends and neighbors who work hard to support our communities and achieve their American Dream.
In my hometown, Miss Kitty’s Place is synonymous with the town of St. Elizabeth itself. Whether it’s an after-church lunch, a birthday celebration, or dinner with family and friends our local diners and restaurants feel more like a second home than a business.
Since President Trump was elected, more than 5.8 million jobs have been created. Last month, the economy added an unbelievable 263,000 jobs, far exceeding market expectations. Unemployment is at the lowest level in a generation and we continue to have more job openings than available workers to fill them. With American economic growth consistently outpacing expectations and hitting record highs over the last two years, small business owners are increasingly optimistic.
In Missouri, we have more than half a million small businesses, employing 47% of all Missouri employees. Across America, small businesses employ 59 million workers, or more than one-third of the labor force. Additionally, small businesses account for two out of every three new jobs in our country. As we continue to unleash our nation’s economic potential, 60% of small business owners expect revenue to increase in the next year which will grow our local economies and create even more jobs in towns across Missouri.
With Small Business Week coming to a close, I’m proud to say the state of our economy is strong due to the power of our small businesses. Although we often hear about what divides us, our nation has proven that extraordinary accomplishments are possible with bipartisan cooperation. Our economy is stronger than ever and if we all continue to support American prosperity, together we will ensure generations of Americans can take advantage of a flourishing nation.
Each year, the Congressional Art Competition provides an opportunity for high school artists from the third district of Missouri to demonstrate their talents. This year, the office of Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer received spectacular entries from 18 students.
Today, Congressman Luetkemeyer is happy to announce the winner of the 2019 Congressional Art Competition is Gabrielle Miller, a senior at Fort Zumwalt North High School. Gabrielle will have her work, entitled “Timeless,” displayed along with other winners from congressional districts across the country in the United States Capitol. In addition, Gabrielle will receive airfare to attend a ceremony and reception in Washington, D.C. later this summer.
“Congratulations to Gabrielle Miller from O’Fallon! Her artwork is a wonderful representation of one of Missouri’s most iconic landmarks and will be seen by visitors from across the nation,” said Congressman Luetkemeyer.
The first runner up is Ellie Redel Sharisin, a senior at Fatima-Osage High School, for her artwork entitled “Counting Carts” which depicts a close up perspective of train tracks. The second runner up is Paige Jones, a sophomore at Camdenton High School whose entry entitled “Marley” is a portrait of her cousin. The third runner up is Samantha Detlaff, a senior at Iberia High School whose entry “Child’s Eyes” depicts her classmate’s brother.
“If you like your health care plan, you can keep it” was one of President Obama’s most famous failed promises, proving impossible to keep. Fast forward nine years, and House Democrats are no longer even pretending they want Americans to keep their insurance. Under the newest Medicare for All plan proposed by my colleagues, they would force a government takeover of the entire U.S. healthcare system. This would cause more than 3 million Missourians to lose their employer-sponsored insurance, impose long wait times and delays for critical treatments, drastically reduce the quality of care, and cost more than $32 trillion dollars paid by American taxpayers.
On Wednesday, my colleagues held a hearing on their proposal to socialize America’s healthcare, shifting from our market-based system to one fully controlled by the government. The people of Missouri understand that government is not always the answer, and we’ve seen this play out time and time again. Across the world, government-run healthcare systems have seen a drastic reduction in quality of care and the inability to even see a doctor due to long wait times. In England, 362,000 patients waited longer than four months for hospital treatment. In Canada, the average wait time between seeing a doctor and beginning treatment is approximately five months.
Not only would Americans face a drastically reduced quality of healthcare, but we would also be facing dramatic economic consequences. Even modest estimates put the price of Medicare for All at a staggering $32 trillion. To put that in perspective, if Congress doubled federal individual and corporate taxes, it would still be insufficient to cover the cost of this plan. In addition to the unfathomable cost of Medicare for All, it is estimated to reduce GDP by 9% and reduce American household income by 19%.
Medicare is already in trouble, yet this proposal would expand the already at-risk program, possibly putting millions of Americans in peril. It would end Medicare Advantage for more than 22 million seniors and individuals with disabilities. The simple truth is that Medicare for All means choices for none, and my constituents deserve better than that.
Throughout my time serving Missouri’s Third Congressional District, I’ve consistently fought for the rights of our local communities to make decisions for themselves. Unfortunately, many in D.C. have a “Washington knows best” mentality about everything from healthcare to banking. It seems like politicians from across the nation are constantly attempting to establish additional government control in our everyday lives.
This has been particularly obvious in the banking sector with notoriously anti-bank leaders like Congresswoman Maxine Waters and Senator Elizabeth Warren proposing new regulations on what feels like a daily basis. Banking regulations play an important role in the United States economy, as do the financial institutions throughout our communities. As members of Congress, we also play the important role of writing the laws that responsibly regulate these institutions, not simply for the sake of regulation, but to protect our growing economy.
In America, community banks comprise 99% of all bank charters, provide 60% of the nation’s small business loans and 80% of agricultural loans. For many small towns, like my hometown of St. Elizabeth, a community bank is the only physical banking presence. For more than 60 years, my late father Bill spent every day looking into the faces of family farmers and ranchers hoping to realize their dreams as they walked into his bank in St. Elizabeth, Missouri. My father understood the importance of community banking the first day he started in 1940, and he passed that understanding on to the generations that followed him. In small towns, banking isn’t just about savings accounts and mortgages. It’s about playing an active role in the community from making sure the restaurant down the block can make payroll to sponsoring the little league team so the kids can get new hats this year.
April is Community Banking Month, a time to highlight the importance of hometown banks that are the lifeblood of Main Street America. As a lifelong Missourian and former community banker myself, I understand firsthand the importance of keeping small financial institutions in business to ensure our local communities benefit from America’s broad economic prosperity. I will continue fighting for community banks across the nation as a member of the House Financial Services Committee, ensuring our financial system is responsibly regulated and families and small businesses have access to the services they need. Community banks understand that looking a person in the eye and offering a firm handshake is the recipe for a growing and prosperous community. We must do everything we can to make sure that never changes.Read More
Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer is able to nominate exemplary students from Missouri’s Third Congressional District to attend the U.S. Military Service Academies, including the U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, and U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.
“I am pleased to announce my office is now accepting U.S. Military Service Academy applications for the class of 2024! This is an opportunity to gain a strong college education and serve our nation,” said Congressman Luetkemeyer. “For those selected from the competitive field of qualified students from across the country, it’s a positive, life-changing experience. I urge you to contact my office to learn more about the admission process.”
The four United States Service Academies accepting Congressional nominations are West Point in New York (Army), the U.S. Naval Academy in Maryland (Navy and Marine Corps), the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado (Air Force), and the Merchant Marine Academy in New York (Merchant Marine). The U.S. Coast Guard Academy does not accept Congressional nominations, but Luetkemeyer’s office can provide information about it.
The acceptance process includes a formal application and interview to a panel of community volunteers from the district that have been selected by Luetkemeyer. Nominations are forwarded to the respective academies which notify students if they have been accepted.
Students can contact Luetkemeyer’s Jefferson City office at 573-635-7232 or visit Luetkemeyer.House.Gov for more information about the academy process.
Each and every day I strive to represent my constituents in the Third Congressional District of Missouri to the best of my ability. Whether I’m fighting for our Missouri values in Washington D.C. or working alongside our local communities, my constituents come first. Not only do I have the opportunity to work for all of you, but I am supported by a team of hardworking staff who serve our district as well.
The week of April 22nd, my staff will be holding constituent service days across Missouri’s Third District from Wentzville to Linn to Camdenton and everywhere in between. Staff from my office will travel the district to assist constituents, one-on-one, with anything from veterans’ benefits to Medicare issue to general questions regarding federal agencies. My office can act as a liaison between you and a federal agency and make inquiries on your behalf. We understand how difficult it can be to navigate the maze of the federal bureaucracy, and I urge you to take advantage of constituent service days, so we can help. A full list of dates and locations can be found on my website, Luetkemeyer.House.Gov.
In addition to constituent service days, my offices stand ready to provide many additional services for constituents.
Visiting Washington D.C.
Last year, my office had the opportunity to give U.S. Capitol tours to more than 1,000 Missourians! If you’re planning a trip to Washington D.C. please reach out to my office as soon as you know your plans. We are happy to give you a tour of the U.S. Capitol led by a member of my staff. We can also coordinate tours of the Supreme Court, Library of Congress, Bureau of Engraving and Printing, and even the FBI headquarters. If you’re interested in a White House tour, I urge you to reach out as soon as possible due to high demand and limited availability.
Service Academy Nominations
I encourage the many outstanding young men and women throughout the 3rd district to contact my office and learn more about the service academy admissions process. Our academies provide the opportunity for an exceptional education and a chance to serve our nation. The four United States service academies accepting Congressional nominations are West Point in New York (Army), the U.S. Naval Academy in Maryland (Navy and Marine Corps), the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado (Air Force), and the Merchant Marine Academy in New York (Merchant Marine). The U.S. Coast Guard Academy does not require Congressional nominations, but my office can provide information about it. We are currently accepting applications for the class of 2024, and any interested students should contact my Jefferson City office at 573-635-7232 for more information about the application process.
Congressional Art Competition
Each year, the Congressional Art Competition provides an opportunity for high school artists from the third district of Missouri to demonstrate their talents. Students from our district have submitted incredible artwork over the last few years from drawings, to paintings, to photography depicting everything from symbols of American freedom to famous Missourians to the students themselves. The winning entry from the Third Congressional District will be displayed at the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. for one year. All entries must be delivered to one of my offices by Tuesday, April 23rd for inclusion in the 2019 Congressional Art Competition. I look forward to seeing this year’s unique submissions!
Another little-known service we provide is the ability get Missourians a flag flown over the United States Capitol. Whether it’s to commemorate a specific event like a graduation, retirement, or birthday or simply to fly Old Glory at your house we are ready to assist you. If you’re interested in obtaining a flag flown over the United States Capitol, please call my Washington D.C. office at (202) 225-2956 or fill out the form on my website Luetkemeyer.House.Gov.
Today, Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) announced upcoming constituent service days to be held across the Third Congressional District of Missouri. Staff from the office of Congressman Luetkemeyer will be available to assist, one-on-one, with anything from veterans’ benefits to Medicare issues to general questions regarding federal agencies.
Please see below for details on upcoming constituent service days:
Monday, April 22
9:30 AM – 10:30 AM Maries County
Vienna City Hall
424 8th Street, Vienna
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Miller County
Miller County Courthouse
2001 Highway 52, Tuscumbia
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM Camden County
Camdenton City Hall
437 W. US 54, Camdenton
Tuesday, April 23
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Montgomery County
Montgomery City Hall
723 N Sturgeon, Montgomery
Thursday, April 25
8:30 AM – 9:30 AM: Gasconade County:
Hermann Community Center (City Hall)
1902 Jefferson Street, Hermann
9:30 AM – 10:30 AM Cole County
Russellville City Hall
13203 Railroad Avenue
10:15 AM – 11:15 AM: Franklin County
Washington City Council Chambers
405 Jefferson Street, Washington
11:30 AM -12:30 PM Osage County
Osage County Administration Building
205 E. Main Street, Linn
1:45 PM – 2:45 PM Jefferson County
Pevely City Council Chambers
401 Main Street, Pevely
Friday, April 26
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Warren County
Warren County Administration Building
101 Mockingbird Lane, Warrenton
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM St. Charles County
Office of Congressman Luetkemeyer
113 East Pearce, Wentzville
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM Lincoln County
Troy City Hall
800 Cap Au Gris, Troy
Washington, DC 20515
The Congressman from the 3rd Congressional District of Missouri, Blaine Luetkemeyer is committed to representing the interests of his constituents as a strong voice for them in Washington, D.C.
Representing the 13 counties that make up the 3rd Congressional District of Missouri, Blaine is a native of St. Elizabeth, Mo. He 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, Blaine was also a small businessman, having been in the banking and insurance business. He has also served as a bank regulator for the state of Missouri earlier in his career.
From 1999 to 2005, Blaine was a Missouri State Representative where he 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, he was appointed by Gov. Matt Blunt to serve as the Director of the Missouri Division of Tourism.
Blaine was first elected to Congress in November 2008, and was re-elected in 2010, 2012, 2014, and 2016.
In the 115th Congress, Blaine serves as a member of the House Financial Services Committee and as Chairman of Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit Subcommittee. In addition, Blaine serves as vice chairman of the House Small Business Committee.
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. He 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 and six grandchildren.
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