Third District Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-St. Elizabeth, has announced that he will not run for re-election once his term ends in December. Luetkemeyer’s departure will create an open Congressional seat in Missouri.

“As we tackle the many challenges we face, I hope we remember what someone once said, that ‘the greatness of our country is not found in the halls of Congress but in the hearts and homes of our people,’” Luetkemeyer said on X. “That assessment is still true today. As we look into the future, I believe if we work hard, stay together, and believe in ourselves our best days are indeed still ahead.”

Luetkemeyer has held the position since 2009. He is one of the most senior and influential members of the House Financial Services Committee.

From 1999 to 2005, he served in the Missouri State House of Representatives. After leaving office, Luetkemeyer was appointed by then-Gov. Matt Blunt to serve as the director of the Missouri Division of Tourism.

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