Current Position: US Representative for MO District 3 since 2009
William Blaine Luetkemeyer (/ˈluːtkəmaɪ.ər/ LOOT-kə-my-ər; born May 7, 1952) is an American politician serving as the U.S. Representative for Missouri’s 3rd congressional district, a seat he has held since 2009.
He is a member of the Republican Party.
The Missouri Times, – August 27, 2021 (Medium)
As the fate of the Spire STL Pipeline hangs in the balance, members of Missouri’s congressional delegation advocated for the pipeline’s continued service in the St. Louis region.
Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer and Congresswoman Ann Wagner penned a letter to Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Chairman Richard Glick this week, calling on the commission to approve Spire’s application to continue operations as winter approaches. The duo pointed to February’s winter storms, which led to increased prices and strain on the grid. Luetkemeyer and Wagner warned the St. Louis region would face devastating consequences in similar situations if the pipeline were shut down — an argument Spire has made as well.
“Shutting down the Spire STL Pipeline would have a devastating effect on the local communities in and surrounding St. Louis during the cold winter months,” the pair said. “In February of 2021, severe winter storms led to massive natural gas supply disruptions, historic spikes in the cost of natural gas, and widespread service outages throughout the United States. These winter storms proved how critical it is to have a robust and diverse natural gas supply to uphold citizen safety and keep Missourians warm.”
FERC granted the project a certificate of convenience and necessity (CCN) in 2018, giving the green light for the construction and operation of the 65-mile interstate pipeline. The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) sued FERC, Spire, and the pipeline the following year, arguing the commission failed to prove the pipeline’s benefits would outweigh any adverse effects before granting its approval.
Three judges on the federal appellate court vacated the approval in June and remanded the issue back to FERC.
Source: Government page
As the Representative of the 3rd Congressional District of Missouri, Blaine is committed to representing the interests of hard-working people by being a strong voice for them in Congress.
Representing the 13 counties that make up the 3rd Congressional District of Missouri, Blaine is a native of St. Elizabeth, MO where his family has lived for four generations.
Along with his strong agriculture background, Blaine is a small businessman, having been in the banking and insurance industry for over 30 years. He also served as a bank regulator for the state of Missouri earlier in his career.
From 1999 to 2005, Blaine was elected to the Missouri State House of Representatives. During his time in the Legislature, he served as Chairman of the Financial Services Committee and was elected by his colleagues to be 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 has represented the 3rd Congressional District of Missouri in the United States House of Representatives since 2009. In the 117th Congress, he serves on the House Financial Services Committee, as Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and as the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Small Business.
In the 116th Congress, he served on the House Financial Services Committee, as Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Financial Institutions and on the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis.
In the 115th Congress, Blaine served on the House Financial Services Committee as Chairman of Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit Subcommittee and as Vice Chairman of the House Small Business Committee.
In the 113th Congress, Blaine was ranked Missouri’s most effective lawmaker. The Legislative Effectiveness Project, run by professors at the University of Virginia and Vanderbilt University, measures how successful a given representative is at getting things done. The average score for members of Congress was 1.0. Blaine received a 2.344.
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.