Since being sworn into Congress in January 2009, Blaine Luetkemeyer has kept to his conservative roots, voting with fellow Republicans more than 97 percent of the time.
He opposed two of the Obama administration’s biggest pieces of legislation, the 2009 $787 billion stimulus package, and the 2010 Democrat-led health care reform bill.
PERSONAL: Age 58. Married to Jackie Luetkemeyer. Three children: Trevor, Brandy and Nikki; and one granddaughter, Riley.
PARTY AFFILIATION: Republican
OCCUPATION: Incumbent U.S. Representative
EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree in political science, Lincoln University, Jefferson City.
BACKGROUND: U.S. Representative (2009-present), state representative (1995-2005), former director of the Missouri Division of Tourism, former owner of the Luetkemeyer Insurance Agency.
Luetkemeyer supports more limited health care reform, such as easier and enhanced access to insurance.
In addition to opposing deficit spending, Luetkemeyer is against same-sex marriage, abortion rights, and amnesty for illegal immigrants.
Luetkemeyer said he doesn't believe in global warming and called climate research "international junk science" in a 2009 news release.
Missouri's 9th Congressional District has been in Republican hands since 1997. Luetkemeyer narrowly beat Democratic challenger Judy Baker in a 2008 race that saw nearly $4.5 million spent between the two candidates.