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Luetkemeyer Column- Making a Congressional Transition

Washington, Nov 9 -

I have been extremely honored and proud to have represented the 25 counties that make up the 9th Congressional District of Missouri. The border of this sprawling district runs from the Iowa border in the north to Crawford County in the south, and from the St. Louis suburbs in the East to the Lake of the Ozarks in the West.

As many of you know, because of congressional redistricting and following the most recent elections, in January I will begin representing the new 13-county 3rd Congressional District which consists of all or part of the following counties: Callaway, Camden, Cole, Franklin, Gasconade, Jefferson, Lincoln, Maries, Miller, Montgomery, Osage, St. Charles and Warren.

Obviously, there are some of you who I will continue to represent beginning in January while there are many others I will not. However, let me be clear that my goal is to continue to serve the 9th District until that transition takes place.

That means that folks in all 25 counties of the 9th District should feel free to continue reaching out to my office with questions or concerns until January 3rd, 2013.

While our staff does its best to close cases brought to us by folks on a variety of issues that we, in turn, seek to resolve through work with myriad of federal agencies, there are some instances when getting the answers people deserve takes a significant amount of time. In instances where open cases are not resolved by January 3rd, we will be in contact with you to discuss transferring your case to the office of your new representative in Congress

Under the new congressional district map, U.S. Rep. Sam Graves will represent former 9th District counties of Scotland, Clark, Adair, Knox, Lewis, Macon, Shelby, Marion, Monroe, Ralls and Pike counties. Meanwhile, U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler will represent Randolph and Boone counties, which were formerly in the 9th District. And finally, U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson will represent the former 9th District county of Crawford. Meanwhile, Audrain County will be split between the new 4th District and new 6th District.

Despite these changes I remain committed to serving the people of the 9th District -- between now and the transition in January -- who four years ago selected me to serve as their voice in Congress. We still have tough issues to deal with in Congress before the end of the year and I will continue to proudly represent the needs of the 9th District and will continue to come home each weekend to hear from you.