AG Hawley, Luetkemeyer to speak Saturday at GOP Lincoln Day banquet

Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley is the scheduled special guest speaker when the Gasconade County Republican Central Committee gathers Saturday for their Lincoln Day banquet at St. James United Church of Christ-Charlotte.

Dinner begins at 6 p.m. and tickets will be available at the door for $25 per person. Reservations are being accepted by calling Ron Hardecke at 573-437-6517.

U.S. Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer is the scheduled keynote speaker and Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft is also scheduled as a special guest in attendance.

Sixth District State Sen. Mike Kehoe, the majority floor leader who is serving out the final months of his fourth term, is also scheduled to attend, according to organizers. Kehoe reaches his term limit in the Senate at the end of 2018.

State Rep. Justin Alferman, R-Hermann, is also scheduled to attend as is Rep. Mike Bernskoetter, R-Jefferson City. Bernskoetter has announced plans to run for Kehoe’s 6th District Senate seat.

Hawley was elected as Missouri’s 42nd Attorney General on Nov. 8, 2016. He was officially sworn into office on Jan. 9, 2017.

Hawley is a constitutional lawyer, a recognized national expert on the Constitution, and a former professor of law at the University of Missouri. A native of Lexington, Mo., in rural Lafayette County, Hawley graduated from Rockhurst High School in Kansas City and went on to graduate with highest honors from Stanford University. He attended Yale Law School. He subsequently earned clerkships at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit and the United States Supreme Court.

A staunch defender of religious liberty, he has litigated in the Supreme Court of the United States, most of the federal courts of appeals, federal district courts and state courts across the country.

Since becoming Attorney General, Hawley has made ethics reform, fighting Washington overreach, and defending Missouri consumers and families his top priorities, according to a biography provided by his staff. His first official act was to implement the toughest ethics policy of any Attorney General’s office in America. 

Under his leadership, according to his staff, Missouri has become a national leader in the fight for small business and against the job-killing Washington bureaucracy. As Attorney General, Hawley has already orchestrated the largest human trafficking bust in Missouri history. He has set his sights on tech giant Google and has launched an investigation to determine whether it has violated Missouri’s consumer protection statutes.

Hawley and his wife, Erin, have two young sons.

Luetkemeyer has been a regular guest at the county’s Republican Central Committee events over the years.

A native of St. Elizabeth, Mo., in Miller County, Luetkemeyer, 64, is a lifelong resident of the district with more than 30 years of experience as a small businessman. Luetkemeyer also has a strong background in agriculture. He raised hogs and cattle on his family’s 160-acre farm to put himself through college at Lincoln University where he earned a degree with distinction in political science and a minor in business administration. According to his staff, he is strongly pro-life, supports Second Amendment rights, and believes in fiscal responsibility.

Luetkemeyer serves on the powerful House Financial Services Committee in Congress and is a member of the Small Business Committee. He chairs the Subcommittee on Financial Institutions. 

Luetkemeyer also serves as vice president of the Mississippi Valley Flood Control Association, an organization representing river stakeholders in Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas. He was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2008 and was re-elected in 2010, 2012, and 2014. Luetkemeyer and his wife of 38 years, Jackie, have three children, Trevor, Brandy and Nikki, and four grandchildren.