CAMDENTON, Mo. (AP) – Incumbent GOP U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer will return to Washington for a third term, this time representing a revamped and renumbered mid-Missouri district.The St. Elizabeth Republican now hails from the 9th Congressional District. Starting in January, he will represent the 3rd District after defeating Democratic business owner Eric C. Mayer in Tuesday’s general election. Westphalia resident Steven Wilson of the Libertarian Party finished third.The new district stretches from western St. Charles County to Lake of the Ozarks and now includes Jefferson City, which had been part of the 4th District.Missouri loses its ninth district because of population declines in the latest U.S. Census.Luetkemeyer released the following statement:??I want to thank the people of the new 3rd Congressional District for their overwhelming support and I look forward to continuing to serve as a commonsense, conservative voice in Washington D.C. and focusing on reducing out-of-control spending, holding the line on job-killing taxes and working to create jobs for our citizens. As a lifelong resident of the district, I share the same values of the hard-working folks of central and eastern Missouri and look forward to continuing to listen to their views, priorities and concerns. As always, I will spend the majority of my time back home in Missouri so I can best serve as a liaison between 3rd District families and their government in Washington, D.C. I truly appreciate the solemn trust that I have once again been granted and I am looking forward to facing the tough challenges ahead on behalf of the people of the 3rd Congressional District.”The 3rd Congressional District consists of all or part of the following counties: Callaway, Camden, Cole, Franklin, Gasconade, Jefferson, Lincoln, Maries, Miller, Montgomery, Osage, St. Charles and Warren.
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