Issues & Stances
Strengthening Our Economy
Too often, more government is seen as the solution to our problems. In reality, the work ethic and creativity of individuals and businesses are what make our economy strong. I believe government should do all it can to create more good paying jobs and reject policies that slow job growth and the economy. I am proud to be endorsed by the Missouri Chamber of Commerce. To build a stronger and more prosperous Missouri, I support: keeping taxes low for Missouri families and businesses; reining in wasteful government spending; and rolling back burdensome, job-killing regulations.
Fighting for Our Kids
I believe every child has a right to a quality K-12 education, whether public, private or at home. I support strong funding for our schools and paying good teachers well. I also believe local control over education is critical. To that end, I will fight attempts by the federal government to dictate to local schools how to educate our kids. Parents and school boards, not Washington D.C. bureaucrats, should be empowered to make decisions concerning the education of Missouri’s children. I am proud to have the support of many of the elected school board members from across the senate district.
Ensuring quality and affordable healthcare for our citizens, particularly our children and seniors, is critically important. I support increasing access to healthcare by fostering more choices for patients and reducing bureaucratic burdens on patients and physicians to make prescription drugs and healthcare cheaper. I also support laws to increase accessibility to group health insurance for small business owners to help them provide quality and affordable health insurance to their employees.
Trust in government is at an all-time low. Like Washington D.C., we need to drain the swamp in Jefferson City. To create a more ethical culture in state government, I support: banning lobbyist gifts to elected officials and term limits for all statewide elected officials. Promise delivered: In the 2019, Senator Luetkemeyer passed Senate Joint Resolution 14 to impose term limits on all statewide officials. He also voted for legislation to ban all lobbyist gifts to legislators and their staff.
All human life is sacred. It is the role of government to ensure the protection of innocent human life, particularly when it comes to the lives of the weakest and most vulnerable in our society. I’m honored to have the endorsement of Missouri Right to Life. Government must do all it can to protect the rights of the unborn to fulfill their God-given potential.
One of my earliest memories growing up was my first deer season hunting in a tree stand with my dad at my grandpa’s farm. We need to protect Missouri’s gun heritage. I’m proud to be endorsed by the National Rifle Association. In the state senate, I will be a tireless advocate for the Second Amendment rights of all law-abiding Missourians.
Standing up for Law and Order
Protecting our communities from violence and crime is one of the central functions of government. Members of law enforcement and first responders put their lives on the line every day. I will always support law enforcement and first responders by ensuring they have the proper backing needed to do their jobs effectively. I am honored to be endorsed by the Missouri State Council of Firefighters and selected as Legislator of the Year by the Missouri Association of Prosecuting Attorneys.
Supporting Missouri’s Farmers
My great-great grandfather settled in mid-Missouri and purchased a farm along the banks of the Osage River during the last quarter of the 1800s. That farm remains in my family to this day. I’m proud to be endorsed by the Missouri Farm Bureau. I understand the importance farming plays in Missouri’s economy and to our rural tradition as a state. I support measures to roll back existing and prevent future government regulations that unreasonably restrict the rights of Missouri’s farmers.