Blaine Luetkemeyer Declares Retirement as Representative

Republican Representative Blaine Luetkemeyer of Missouri has declared that he won’t pursue re-election in 2024, becoming the latest in a string of House Republicans choosing retirement. Luetkemeyer, who represents Missouri’s Third Congressional District, conveyed appreciation for serving but disclosed his decision, saying, “It has been my honor to serve the great people of the Third Congressional District and State of Missouri these past several years.

However, after thoughtful discussion with my family, I have decided not to file for re-election and retire at the end of my term in December.”

He underscored his dedication to addressing the concerns of his constituents and tackling the challenges facing the nation throughout the remainder of his term.

“There is still a lot to do,” Luetkemeyer added, highlighting the ongoing efforts to tackle various national issues.

In his statement, Luetkemeyer also shared a message of optimism and unity, quoting an unnamed source.

“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. That assessment is still true today. As we look to the future, I believe that if we work hard, stay together, and believe in ourselves our best days are indeed still ahead.”

Luetkemeyer’s decision to retire contributes to the increasing number of lawmakers from both parties exiting Congress. Some aspire to higher offices, while others pursue different opportunities. Before Luetkemeyer’s announcement, 13 other Republican representatives had announced their retirements. Furthermore, four Republicans have departed the House, either voluntarily or due to various circumstances. This group includes former Speaker Kevin McCarthy of California, along with Representatives Chris Stewart of Utah, Bill Johnson of Ohio, and the expelled former Representative George Santos of New York.