Conservative Republican Blaine Luetkemeyer is the congressional face of the 3rd District of Missouri and his image fits the area that he represents. He even is favored by some Democrats and Independents like this newspaper.

He’s a steady force in the U.S. House. Luetkemeyer is not flamboyant. He is like many of the people he represents — a strong work ethic, patriotic, a small businessman, pro-life, has a farming background, lives in a small community, honest, dependable with a strong sense of responsibility, and above all believes in the values that have made this country great.

He has been in the U.S House since 2009, and served in the Missouri House before that. He’s not in the mold of a career politician. Rather he believes in government by citizen legislators who believe it’s a duty to serve as a public servant if circumstances permit such duty.

The 3rd District is different than when he was first elected. Since 2013, the 3rd District contains most of east-central Missouri, including Jefferson City, and some of the southern and northern suburbs of St. Louis, and, of course, Franklin County. He maintains a field office in Washington on Jefferson Street, which serves citizen needs.

He has introduced legislation to enhance the ability of community financial institutions to foster economic growth, to boost small businesses and help consumers. He understands the plight of small businesses and is an advocate for them. On agricultural issues, he works to protect farmers. He is a fourth generation farmer, plus being an active small businessman. In the Missouri House, he co-sponsored a constitutional amendment defining marrige as being between a man and a woman, which was approved statewide. He also was a leader on legislation which allowed Missourians to carry concealed firearms, a bill to ban partial-birth abortions and worked to reform the workers’ compensation law.

Luetkemeyer is married, has three children with wife Jackie. He is a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Eldon Chamber, Farm Bureau, National Rifle Association and attends St. Lawrence Catholic Church. He lives in St. Elizabeth, a small community south of Jefferson City. He is a graduate of Lincoln University.

Three other candidates seek the 3rd Congressional seat. None are well known.

It’s a no-brainer to recommend the re-election of Blaine Luetkemeyer.